COVID-19 Survivors May Need Screening for Heart Damage

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There’s powerful evidence that COVID-19 affects the heart and not just the respiratory system. Experts are seeing more recovered patients with inflammation and scar damage in their hearts and are encouraging people who have been sick for more than a few days to ease slowly back activity but not into vigorous activity. Athletes are advised to get a blood test and an EKG, or electrocardiogram, before resuming sports.

“You don’t get sick with COVID-19 and stay home from school for a week and then go back and play two hours of soccer,” Dr. Steven Erickson, a sports medicine specialist from Phoenix, Arizona told USA Today, adding that athletes should be symptom-free for two weeks before getting back into the game.

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