Man dies nine months after catching coronavirus having recently tested negative

A coronavirus patient has died from respiratory complications nine months after catching the disease - without any trace of the virus left in his system.

The Australian man died on December 21, from respiratory complications linked to coronavirus, which he was first diagnosed with in March.

He was the first Covid-related death in NSW since September 19.

New South Wales' Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said he recently tested negative to the virus.

"He was a household contact for a locally-acquired case and although his death is considered to be related to Covid, that's based on the doctors completing a death certificate as to the cause of death," Dr Chant said.

The dead man had recently tested negative and was no longer infectious, Dr Chant said.

Dr Chant said the man's death demonstrated the life-threatening long-term impacts of the illness.

Complications could be so severe that lung damage and other complications arising from Covid could subsequently be the cause of death many months later, she said.

Dr Chant would not disclose which area of NSW the man was from for privacy reasons, but did confirm he was not linked to Sydney's Northern Beaches cluster, given that he was infected long before that outbr

eak.

The latest fatality brings NSW's death toll to 56 and Australia's to 909, with more than 1.7 million deaths recorded worldwide.

Most people experience mild symptoms and recover from the virus in less than two weeks, but some develop long-term illnesses dubbed "Long Covid".

Ongoing illnesses can include fatigue, joint pain, breathing difficulties, chest pain, a lingering cough and a change of smell or taste.

Less common and more severe symptoms include insomnia, fevers, headaches and depression.

Although the full extent of coronavirus-related illness is yet to be uncovered, new research has begun to paint a picture of the alarming long-term health impacts the virus can induce.

Last week, the first Australian study of recovered Covid patients found up to 40 per cent of them exp

erienced persistent symptoms including chest pain, fatigue and breathlessness.

Researchers at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital tracked 78 patients from April, with 31 still having persistent symptoms two months later.

In September, research into the long-term effects of Covid-19 published found survivors may have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

The study, published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, proposes a "two-hit" hypothesis, in which an initial inflammation event occurs, such as the virus, with a second then fuelling the later development of the nervous system disorder.

While it is still too early to know how many survivors would go on to develop the disease, with more than 80 million coronavirus cases worldwide, experts believe even a small percentage would create a surge in Parkinson disease cases.

It comes as NSW recorded another five local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, at least four of which are connected to the Avalon cluster.

An additional nine cases were uncovered in hotel quarantine.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday told reporters the stay-at-home orders applying to northern beaches residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge will continue until at least January 9.

The lockdown for the peninsula's southern zone will be in place until at least January 2.

However a brief reprieve for small indoor gatherings on the northern beaches on NYE and New Year's Day has been permitted.Follow the Official Rokna NEWS Telegram Channel For More and fresh NEWS.

A coronavirus patient has died from respiratory complications nine months after catching the disease - without any trace of the virus left in his system.

The Australian man died on December 21, from respiratory complications linked to coronavirus, which he was first diagnosed with in March.

He was the first Covid-related death in NSW since September 19.

New South Wales' Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said he recently tested negative to the virus.

"He was a household contact for a locally-acquired case and although his death is considered to be related to Covid, that's based on the doctors completing a death certificate as to the cause of death," Dr Chant said.

The dead man had recently tested negative and was no longer infectious, Dr Chant said.

Dr Chant said the man's death demonstrated the life-threatening long-term impacts of the illness.

Complications could be so severe that lung damage and other complications arising from Covid could subsequently be the cause of death many months later, she said.

Dr Chant would not disclose which area of NSW the man was from for privacy reasons, but did confirm he was not linked to Sydney's Northern Beaches cluster, given that he was infected long before that outbr

eak.

The latest fatality brings NSW's death toll to 56 and Australia's to 909, with more than 1.7 million deaths recorded worldwide.

Most people experience mild symptoms and recover from the virus in less than two weeks, but some develop long-term illnesses dubbed "Long Covid".

Ongoing illnesses can include fatigue, joint pain, breathing difficulties, chest pain, a lingering cough and a change of smell or taste.

Less common and more severe symptoms include insomnia, fevers, headaches and depression.

Although the full extent of coronavirus-related illness is yet to be uncovered, new research has begun to paint a picture of the alarming long-term health impacts the virus can induce.

Last week, the first Australian study of recovered Covid patients found up to 40 per cent of them exp

erienced persistent symptoms including chest pain, fatigue and breathlessness.

Researchers at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital tracked 78 patients from April, with 31 still having persistent symptoms two months later.

In September, research into the long-term effects of Covid-19 published found survivors may have an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

The study, published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease, proposes a "two-hit" hypothesis, in which an initial inflammation event occurs, such as the virus, with a second then fuelling the later development of the nervous system disorder.

While it is still too early to know how many survivors would go on to develop the disease, with more than 80 million coronavirus cases worldwide, experts believe even a small percentage would create a surge in Parkinson disease cases.

It comes as NSW recorded another five local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, at least four of which are connected to the Avalon cluster.

An additional nine cases were uncovered in hotel quarantine.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday told reporters the stay-at-home orders applying to northern beaches residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge will continue until at least January 9.

The lockdown for the peninsula's southern zone will be in place until at least January 2.

However a brief reprieve for small indoor gatherings on the northern beaches on NYE and New Year's Day has been permitted.Follow the Official Rokna NEWS Telegram Channel For More and fresh NEWS.

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