China health authority has officially included damage to a number of internal organs as among the potential effect of the COVID19, expanding health insurance coverage for the COVID19 patients as the long termtoll od the disease emerges.
China's National Health Commission on it's guideline on COVID19 survivors mentioned that recovered patients would require treatment for heart and lung damage, for movement problems from muscle loss, as well as for psychological issues.
In addition to informing health workers about the longterm treatment needs of the recovered patient, chinese authority have differentiated these conditions as chronic diseases, allowing local residents to claim for medical expenses under chinese government run medical insurance schemes.
As the number of COVID19 recovered patients increases, the rehabilitation needs have become prominent, South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing the NHC guidelines.
As of Saturday, 78,2227 people in China have recovered from COVID19 since the Chinese government started action from January 23 to contain the Coronavirus.
The novel COVID19 has emrged from the chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has taken life of more than 312,000 people globally and infected over 4.6 million others.
The novel Coronavirus has claimed 4.634 lives in the country, the NHC said.
Understanding is growing of the effects of the COVID19 on the organs of the recovered patients.
While most COVID19 patients, especially those with mild symptoms, can recover without long term consequences to thier health, studies indicated that those with severe sympyoms can have organ damage and require a much longer time for rehabilitation, the report said.
The NHC said some patients might also develop heart problems such as arrhythmia and angina - conditions which could result directly from the Coronavirus or arise after a patient has been bedridden for a along time.
The NHC guideline also list mental health problems resulting from Coronavirus , including insomnia, depression, changes in cognitive function and eating disorders. Other issues imentioned in the guideline include include limb and muscle function loss, the post reported.