Covid-19 doesn’t just affect the “elderly and frail” warn experts, as research shows young adults hospitalised with the virus face a similar risk of developing organ issues.
A new study has revealed four in ten Covid-19 patients aged between 19 and 49 developed issues with lungs, kidneys, or other organs while in hospital, leaving them almost as at risk of experiencing complications as those older than 50.
"The message is that this is not just a disease of the elderly and frail," said Professor Calum Semple, who led the study.
"The data reinforces the fact that Covid is not flu and we are seeing even young adults coming into hospital suffering significant complications, some of which will require furthering monitoring and potentially further treatment in the future."
The study analysed 73,197 adults of all ages hospitalised with Covid-19 across 302 hospitals in the U.K. during the first wave of the pandemic last year.
Experts from seven U.K. universities, the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, looked at how many of those patients experienced “complications” while being treated for the virus.
The most common issue was kidney damage, followed by heart and lung issues.
Half of those aged 50 and older suffered at least one complication, compared to 44 per cent of people in the 40-to 49-year-old age group and 37 per cent of 30-to-39-year-olds.
The severity of organ damage caused by Covid-19 is not yet know, but scientists believe the body’s own immune system may initiate an inflammatory response to the virus resulting in the damage of healthy tissue.