Sumary of COVID-19 May Not Impair Lung Function In Young Adults, Research Shows:
- Health oi-PTI on September 11, 2021 COVID-19 infection does not appear to impair the lung function of children and adolescents, according to a study presented at the virtual European Respiratory Society International Congress on Tuesday.
- A team led by researchers at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, found that even patients with asthma did not show a statistically significant deterioration in lung function.
- However, such patients showed slightly lower measurements for the amount of air they could exhale forcibly in one second known as forced expiratory air volume in one second (FEV1), which is one of the measures of lung function.
- A second study presented at the conference on Sunday showed that the lung function in children and adolescents was also unimpaired after COVID-19 infection, apart from those who experienced a severe infection.
- Collected data included measurements of lung function, inflammation and white blood cells called eosinophils, which are part of the immune system.
- They calculated the changes in lung function between the period before and during the pandemic.
- “Our analysis showed similar lung function irrespective of COVID-19 history,” said Mogensen.
- When the researchers included 123 participants with asthma in the analysis, the 24 per cent who had had COVID-19 showed a slightly lower lung function, but this was not statistically significant.