WHO tracks recovered patients to learn about long-term effects of Covid-19


The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is working to follow up with patients who have recovered from novel coronavirus to learn more about what future consequences the disease can lead to.

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On Wednesday, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for the coronavirus response said, “Our clinical network is following those individuals who have recovered to trace them over time and see how they’re doing and see if there’s any long-term effects from infection.”

“I don’t know the exact numbers but it’s in the hundreds of thousands of people if not over a million people so far that have recovered from infection,” she said

Van Kerkhove added: “We need to follow individuals over weeks and months to measure the level of antibodies. “That will take us some time to really understand if they have protection, how strong that protection is, and for how long that protection will last.”