the great unknown of pulmonary sequelae

DECRYPTION – Several studies aim to explore the long-term fate of the victims of the pandemic, and the effectiveness of pulmonary rehabilitation care.

A medical team from the ventilatory weaning unit of the Raymond-Poincaré Hospital in Garches (Hauts-de-Seine) at the bedside of a patient with Covid-19.
A medical team from the ventilatory weaning unit of the Raymond-Poincaré Hospital in Garches (Hauts-de-Seine) at the bedside of a patient with Covid-19. Jean-Christophe MARMARA / Le Figaro

Nearly 115,000 people hospitalized in France since the start of the epidemic, and more than 380,000 confirmed cases … And how many long-term pulmonary sequelae? “They will concern a minority of patients. But on the mass, that will make a significant number … “, worries the Dr Thomas Gille, pulmonologist and physiologist at the Avicenne hospital in Bobigny (AP-HP – Sorbonne Paris Nord University – Inserm). Some will also need pulmonary rehabilitation care, or “Already, in normal times, there is a shortage of places for chronically respiratory patients”.

Still, it is difficult to assess the extent of the needs. Austrian researchers presented preliminary data at 6 and 12 weeks at the European Respiratory Society congress on 86 hospitalized patients, 19% of whom required invasive mechanical ventilation. At 6 weeks, 65% had persistent symptoms, mainly dyspnea (47%) and cough (15%). The chest CT scan was abnormal in

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