COVID-19 manifests differently in various patients. Some may only suffer the mild form of the disease. Others have it worse since they struggle with the more severe form of the illness. Interestingly, there are people who won’t experience anything even though they have already been infected. But this does not mean that they are spared by the virus.
Apparently, a medical examiner has revealed that even asymptomatic patients or people who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 even though they already have the virus still experience some type of negative effect.
Pinellas and Pasco County medical examiner Dr. Jon Thogmartin recently disclosed how bad the coronavirus damages the lungs of patients who suffer the severe form of the disease, Fox6Now.com first reported.
“My gosh, I really don’t know how to say it without being gruesome, it just destroys the lungs. Let me just say that. When the person dies, you can find lungs that don’t look and feel like lungs anymore,” Thogmartin said, describing the lungs he saw during post-mortem examinations on people who had been infected with the virus.
Interestingly, scientists at Scripps Research Institute made the shocking discovery that even people who are asymptomatic also experience a similar type of damage on their lungs. They learned about this after examining the CT scans of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients from a cruise ship. They noticed that they also had lung damage even though they were not manifesting the symptoms.
Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins Medicine thoroughly discussed what the coronavirus does to the lungs. According to the experts at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the novel coronavirus can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in most severe cases.
Patients will have difficulty breathing because their lungs will be filled with fluid and become inflamed. The air sacs would struggle to take in oxygen and this would cause shortness of breath and coughing. When patients develop ARDS, they won’t be able to breathe on their own. Hence, they will need ventilator support so oxygen could still circulate in their body. ARDS can be fatal, but patients who recover from it may also recover from COVID-19.