In a statement, the hospital said the clinic, established at the Hamdi Al-Zaim Interstitial Lung Disease Outpatient Center, will provide “long-term, advanced, and multidisciplinary care” for people who have recovered from COVID-19 as they “may require long-term follow-up.”
“Especially as they continue to experience many symptoms at intervals ranging from several weeks to several months after their recovery,” the statement added.
The hospital explained that the virus can cause chronic damage to the lungs that “may reach permanent lung fibrosis.”
According to the statement, the new clinic will provide comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment of respiratory and non-respiratory complications of COVID-19.
It will also offer periodic evaluation of lung function through a variety of tests, as well as chest radiography.
In addition to the comprehensive physical care and therapy, the PCCC will provide psychological care and rehabilitation to help former patients fully recover and regain their normal lifestyle.
With that said, the statement noted that because the disease is still new, the specific nature of its long-term effects is still unclear.
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