TULSA – With pandemic-related hospitalizations once again climbing, an Oklahoma pulmonary specialist is reiterating that getting discharged does not automatically mean an all clear from COVID-19’s long-term effects.
“Once you’ve got this, it is still really, really bad,” Dr. Brent Brown said.
Brown is the chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and has been treating lung patients since 1984.
Speaking at a recent panel organized by the Healthy Oklahoma Coalition, Brown said the lung damage recovery rates among COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization are among the slowest he’s ever seen from viral or bacterial causes.
According to numbers released Friday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the three-day average for the state’s hospitals is 308 COVID-19 cases, an increase of almost 200 in just two weeks. Those patients are predominantly unvaccinated adults.