Parts of Beijing are back under lockdown; more on long-term complications

On day 145, Beijing goes back under lockdown after 55 days of being free of domestic cases. UK research sheds light on long-term complications from the disease.

It’s 13 June 2020, day 145 since the first case of coronavirus disease was announced in the United States.

Until Thursday, Beijing had gone 55 days with no new domestic infections from SARS-COV-2. Then Saturday, six new infections, all related to Xinfadi market, one of the largest in Asia that supplies 90% of Beijing’s fruit and vegetables.

Officials have quarantined 139 close contacts of people infected. The market is closed and surrounded by military and police on 24-hour watch. More than 10,000 people who work there will now be tested.

And parts of Beijing are back under lockdown.

On Sunday, 36 more cases brought the four-day total to 79. The common thread, working or shopping at the market.

Beijing health authority spokesman Gao Xiaojun told the news conference anyone in the city with a fever will be given nucleic-acid and serology tests for the coronavirus, a blood test and a CT scan.

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This is not the first overview of the implications for long-term health issue for those with serious cases of COVID-19. It’s just the latest.

The UK National Health Service assumes that of Covid-19 patients who have required hospitalization, 45 percent will need ongoing medical care, 4 percent will require inpatient rehabilitation, and 1 percent will permanently require acute care. Other preliminary evidence, as well as historical research on other coronaviruses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), suggests that for some people, a full recovery might still be years off. For others, there may be no returning to normal.

The emerging long-term complications of Covid-19, explainedVox, 12 June 2020.


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