What are the long-term effects of COVID-19?

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Over the past few weeks, several political leaders have been debating whether or not young people should be held to some of the strict rules regarding spread of the virus because they can't be harmed. 

Now that we have been battling COVID-19 for months, we know quite a few things. It’s not even a point of debate: young people are far less likely to die of the virus. We also know that young people are often asymptomatic and can spread the virus without even knowing it. 

What many don't know is that this virus has the ability to cause serious long-term damage in virtually every organ system, and we are seeing it happen.

Experts are saying years from now, we might be writing articles detailing crippling conditions that were acquired in 2020 by people who thought they weren't at risk. So wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance.