What does COVID-19 do to the lungs?
In approximately 5% of COVID-19 infections, respiratory and multi-organ failure occurs, and it is likely that many more individuals with a history of severe lung disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus will require lung transplantation in the years to come. Still, lung transplantation in COVID-19 patients is an option of last resort.
RGA's Hilary Henly explores respiratory failure from COVID-19, long-term health outcomes after infection, and assessment criteria for lung transplantation.
See also: Respiratory Outcomes and Lung Transplantation in COVID-19 Patients
As the pandemic evolves, new implications and data-driven insights will continue to emerge, which RGA will continue to investigate. Please contact us for insights.