Covid-19 can damage lungs of victims beyond recognition, expert says

 A coronavirus patient is cared for in hospital in Rome. Prof Mauro Giacci examined the lungs of patients who died in Italy after 30 to 40 days in intensive care. Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Date of Publication: June 15, 2020

Source: The Guardian

Mauro Giacca, a professor in cardiovascular science at  King’s College London, has reviewed autopsies of patients who died in Italy after 30 to 40 days in intensive care. He explains that in the findings “you see massive thrombosis. There is a complete disruption of the lung architecture. There are large numbers of very big fused cells which are virus positive with as many as 10, 15 nuclei. I am convinced this explains the unique pathology of COVID-19. This is not a disease caused by a virus which kills cells, which had profound implications for therapy.” These findings highlight there is still much to learn about COVID-19. 

As England eases lockdown, there is also anticipation of a second wave. To better understand the possibility of immunity to the virus, Public Health England aims to test for antibodies in 100,000 healthcare workers who had tested positive for COVID-19 and also assess for re-infection.   

Read the full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/15/covid-19-can-damage-lungs-victims-beyond-recognition-expert-says

Summary by: Jayoti Rana