Dr. Steven Stack Details Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven J. Stack on Thursday discussed the long-term effects of COVID-19 in children, young adults, and adults.

Posted: Jul 30, 2020 4:47 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2020 4:50 PM

During Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's July 30 COVID-19 update, Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven J. Stack discussed the known long-term effects of COVID-19 in children, young adults, and adults.

According to Dr. Stack, in children, COVID-19 can cause multisystem inflammatory disorder, rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, shock, and heart damage.

Dr. Stack also explained that in young adults, COVID-19 can cause blood clotting disorders, including strokes and pulmonary embolisms. One in five young adults still have symptoms 14 to 21 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. In severe cases, recovery can take six weeks or more.

Adults 50 years old or older are twice as likely as young adults to have symptoms 14 to 21 days after diagnosis.

Additionally, Stack says that COVID-19 survivors of any age may sustain long-term, irreversible lung damage after contracting the virus.

Dr. Stack emphasized that some side effects of the novel coronavirus may still be unknown.

“People in high-risk categories are relying on the rest of us to behave responsibly,” said Dr. Stack. “I may not be at high-risk, but other people are and I have an obligation to not recklessly endanger them.”

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