According tomedia BGR, the new crown symptoms are so diverse and unusual that pathogens can affect various organs, not just the lungs, which are the main targets of SARS-CoV-2. A new study explains in great detail how the new coronavirus attacks the entire body, listing the manifestations and courses of action of specific organs. The study provides a wealth of information about the severity of COVID-19, which should satisfy the curiosity of anyone who wants to better understand COVID-19. It can also provide guidance to inexperienced doctors.
Previous studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 can affect several other organs, including the brain, heart, kidneys, gastrointestinal organs, liver and skin. This explains the various symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 and why most patients are not specific to the disease. For example, in the first few months of outbreaks in Europe and the United States, we learned that some people can show symptoms of stroke and heart attack, which are actually caused by COVID-19. A new study provides a detailed list of other symptoms caused by COVID-19, including life-threatening complications.
Doctors from Columbia University’s Irvine Medical Center in New York City have been fighting the virus for months, and they have published a study in the journal Nature. The paper details all possible extra-pulmonary health problems after infection with COVID-19 and gives complete management recommendations.
This work is very detailed, and this is the scientific work that COVID-19 sceptics should examine. Potential patients need to understand the damage the virus does to the whole body, not just the lungs. The virus can bind to ACE2 receptors anywhere, not just the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Respiratory complications are probably the most common because shortness of breath escalates rapidly and patients may eventually need oxygen therapy and ventilation. Fewer people have died on ventilators than in previous months, but the death toll is still high.
But the virus binds to the ACE2 protein in other organs. It can clot blood, trigger strokes and heart attacks, and may make breathing more difficult. It’s not just that lung tissue is destroyed when the virus replicates. Immune responses also play a huge role in the recovery process. It neutralises the virus and kills infected cells. But the immune response can be overspeedand and attack healthy tissue in the process. When this happens, other organs may be directly affected.
The following is an infographic of the study that outlines all the extra-pulmonary effects of the virus. The study also includes more detailed COVID-19 manifestations of various organs and provides complete symptoms and management recommendations.
“In addition to SARS-CoV-2 life-threatening lung complications, COVID-19’s extensive organ specificity is increasingly valued,” the researchers wrote.
The Irvine Medical Center study could also help doctors around the world who have not dealt with major outbreaks to date and could help guide other researchers studying the virus. The authors point to several areas of research that could benefit from more work:
Some areas requiring further attention include clarifying the mechanisms by which SARS-CoV-2 transmits to extrapulmonary tissue, understanding the characteristics of viruses that may enhance extrapulmonary transmission, the contribution of immunopathology and the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory therapy, the prediction of the long-term effects of multi-organ injury, the identification of factors that contribute to differences in disease manifestations and severity, and biological and social mechanisms that contribute to differences in outcomes.