Expert warns of impact of Long Covid as daily Covid count dips


WITH DAILY Covid tally dropping to 7,705 cases and 62 deaths this morning (May 6) an expert voiced concern about the lingering impact of Long Covid that affects quality of life, Thansettakij newspaper said.

Assoc. Prof. Thira Woratanarat of Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine said if the total of 5,288 people testing positive by ATK is added to today’s tally the number of cases rises to 12,993.

Over the past one week pneumonia cases plunged from 1,818 to 1,622, or a decrease of 10.78 percent.

The number of patients requiring intubation also dipped from 815 to 778, or a decrease of 4.53 percent.

Today’s total ATK infections is 50.57 percent lower than the previous week and a decrease of 69.38 percent from two weeks ago.

Altogether 150 medical personnel are currently infected, 28 male and 122 female.

Assoc. Prof. Thira cited an update on the cardiovascular impact of Covid-19 published by a team from the Department of Cardiology, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Centre, USA, on May 4, 2022 to warn people to continue protecting themselves as Long Covid is real and should they get infected they could pass it on to others.

The American team concluded that Covid infection affects heart and blood vessels from the time of infection and has the potential to bring on long-term effects in the form of Long Covid.

Cardiovascular disorders can arise from several problems such as arrhythmia and heart failure (either left or right).

Another risk is thrombosis (in the lungs or in the veins) leading to a stroke.

There is also an increased risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure and dying from sudden cardiac arrest.

 Thira reconfirmed that Covid is certainly not like the common cold and impairs the ability to live and work normally with patients then becoming a burden to their family and society.


Top: A graphic illustration on the road to recovery from Covid-19. Image:

Home Page: Assoc. Prof. Thira Woratanarat. Photo: Naewna

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