By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 23:01 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 00:44 BST, 7 September 2020
Coronavirus patients admitted to hospital still suffer lung damage three months after they are sent home, a study found.
Most people's conditions improve within six weeks but researchers found that some struggled with breathlessness and coughing for much longer.
Researchers at different institutions in Austria's Tyrolean region asked coronavirus patients who had been admitted to hospital to come back for evaluation six, 12 and 24 weeks after being discharged.
At the time of their first evaluation, more than half of the patients had at least one persistent symptom, predominantly breathlessness and coughing, and CT scans still showed lung damage in 88 per cent.
Coronavirus patients admitted to hospital still suffer lung damage three months after they are sent home, a study found. Pictured: A computer screen shows a coronavirus patient's lung X-ray and virus' damage on the lungs at the Ankara City Hospital in Ankara, Turkey, in August
But by the time of their next visit the symptoms had improved and lung damage was reduced to 56 per cent. It is too early to have results from the evaluations at 24 weeks.
Dr Sabina Sahanic, a clinical PhD student at the University Clinic in Innsbruck and part