The study and its data could provide the basis for further extension, or could provide useful key data for other research groups with an interest in this aspect of COVID-19, such as the longer term clinical effects of different variants of the virus. There is emerging evidence that other conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, might result from severe or moderate infection cases of COVID-19 1. In addition, cases of COVID-19 that are seen in hospitals tend to be due to the severe pulmonary difficulties caused in some people. This may not be the only long term concern about the disease.
“What brings the patient to the hospital is the pulmonary involvement, but we wonder, for example, if a lot of patients that don't come to the hospital actually do have inflammation in the heart, and perhaps in the liver, but we just don't know about it. They could have maybe very little pulmonary involvement, but more cardiac involvement.” said Dr. Lima.“ We want to use the sample seen in the hospital, but also at one point, include people who are symptomatic, but not ‘pulmonary enough’ to be admitted, and see if there are changes in those as well.”
“There is also a syndrome called the ‘long haulers’,” he continued. “A percentage of people that had the disease appear to be limited afterwards. Those limitations are not yet understood. The patients are generally fatigued and can't perform anymore to the same level they used to perform. We are very interested in this group as well. It is also an important to find out if the disease limits exercise capacity, particularly in people who are top level athletes. In our institution, this relates to our lacrosse team. Several of the lacrosse players at Johns Hopkins have had COVID-19. There is a discussion to begin a study to look at those. And we may be involved at this center - the MRI center.” //
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