The long-term effects of COVID-19, even on people who suffered a mild infection, could be far worse than was originally anticipated, according to researchers and doctors in northern Italy.
In Italy, doctors are warning that coronavirus has a long term effect which is very much damaging to the health.
These effects are far worse than what is originally expected, they said
The doctors warned that some people may never recover from these effects and all age groups are vulnerable.
Psychosis, insomnia, kidney disease, spinal infections, strokes, chronic tiredness and mobility issues are being identified in former coronavirus patients in Lombardy, the worst-affected region in the country.
Researchers identified serious neurological complications arising from COVID-19 including delirium, brain inflammation, stroke and nerve damage in 43 people aged 16 to 85.
Some of the patients had experienced no severe breathing problems at all, with the neurological disorder being the first and only sign that they had coronavirus.
The virus is a systemic infection that affects all the organs of the body, not, as was previously thought, just a respiratory disease, they say.
Some people may find that their ability to properly work, to concentrate, and even to take part in physical activities will be severely impaired.
The warnings come amid growing concerns in northern Italy that a second wave of the virus could be imminent. Doctors in two of the main hospitals in the region have reported a handful of new cases of severely ill people with respiratory problems.