Three quarters of mild to moderate Covid illnesses show heart damage

Three quarters of mild to moderate Covid illnesses show heart damage, by Fermin Koop.

A study from the University Hospital Frankfurt looked at the cardiovascular MRIs of 100 people who had recovered from the coronavirus and compared them with heart images of people who hadn’t been infected.

Most of the patients hadn’t been hospitalized and recovered at home, with symptoms ranging from none to moderate. Two months after recovering from COVID-19, the patients were more likely to have troubling cardiac signs than people in the control group. Up to 78% of them had structural changes to the heart, while 76% had evidence of a biomarker signaling cardiac injury typically found after a heart attack, and 60% had signs of inflammation.

Is Heart Failure the Next Chapter of Covid-19? By cardiologists Clyde Yancy and Gregg Farrow.

If this high rate of risk is confirmed, the pathologic basis for progressive left ventricular dysfunction is validated, and especially if longitudinal assessment reveals new-onset heart failure in the recovery phase of COVID-19, then the crisis of COVID-19 will not abate but will instead shift to a new de novo incidence of heart failure and other chronic cardiovascular complications.

Joanne Nova:

My simple rule for new likely bioweapon releases is (and always was), just cut it off at the border until we learn how nasty it is. We can always and easily restart the flights, but we can’t undo the damage or rewind the clock if it runs wild.

Will Western nations adopt this policy in the long run (like most of China’s neighbouring countries already do)?

It’s not just death rates that matter.

Covid-19 probably came out of a Chinese biowarfare lab, so they may know more about it. Maybe this is why the Chinese reacted with fear and ruthless determination to eliminate the virus in China (while spreading it around the world by forcing the Wuhan exodus to go international rather than to other parts of China).