For the sickest patients, infection with the new coronavirus is proving to be a full-body assault, causing damage well beyond the lungs. And even after patients who become severely ill have recovered and cleared the virus, physicians have begun seeing evidence of the infection’s lingering effects.
In a study posted this week, scientists in China examined the blood test results of 34 COVID-19 patients over the course of their hospitalization. In those who survived mild and severe disease alike, the researchers found that many of the biological measures had “failed to return to normal.” -Los Angeles Times
One alarming observation have been test results indicating that recovered patients continue to have impaired liver function after patients had been cleared for discharge.
Another concern from cardiologists are the immediate effects of COVID-19 on the heart, raising questions over how long the damage may last. As the Times notes, "In an early study of COVID-19 patients in China, heart failure was seen in nearly 12% of those who survived, including in some who had shown no signs of respiratory distress."
This really isn't the sort of virus you want on the loose. It's highly unlikely that 'herd immunity' will ever truly develop--the highest know estimates of infection percentages in the general population are no more than 15%, while estimates for the necessary percentage of 'recovered' or asymptomatic infectees runs in the range of 40% - 60%.
This isn't the flu.
President Trump has some complex decisions to make.