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'Recovered' from COVID-19 doesn't always mean healthy

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry
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July 02, 2020 - 3:55 PM

While there are 2,603 people in B.C. who are listed as being fully recovered from COVID-19, some of those may have ongoing health problems.

Those include things like clotting, small strokes, confusion, cognitive dysfunction over time and the lungs can be scarred, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said at today’s COVID-19 update.

“What we hear most is profound fatigue that takes a long time to get over,” Dr. Henry said.

She did not have any data available as to the numbers of people that have lasting effects of the disease or what age groups they fall into, but did say she needs to get that information.

What she did say is that those who do not need hospitalization do tend to recover fully and quite quickly.

B.C. is participating in research on these effects as well as things like the impact of the disease on pregnant women and their children.

During the update, Dr. Henry said there have been 24 new cases of people testing positive for COVID-19 over the past few days, bringing the provincial total to 2,940.

There were no new cases in the Interior Health region, with a total of 201 confirmed cases total.

Over the past two days there have been three more deaths, all in the Lower Mainland, bringing the death total to 177. There are 17 people in hospital right now, including two in intensive care. All those are in the Lower Mainland.

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