Scientists Say COVID -19 Can Cause A Condition Called ARDS And Reveals How It Damages Your Lungs
4How can doctors tell if you have ARDS?
If a patient has ARDS, there will be tell-tale signs like breathlessness, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate and even excess sweating. There are four main symptoms that doctors will look out for such as:
If there is any acute condition or symptoms that started within a week of what is called by doctors a “clinical insult” or even worsening symptoms. If there is any shortness or breath even without any underlying conditions such as heart failure or fluid retention. Low level of oxygen or severe hypoxia, and or both lungs looking white and opaque on a chest x-ray instead of black (bilateral lung opacities).
5How does ARDS actually damage your lungs?
It is important to know that those suffering from ARDS will risk damage to their walls of the air sacs found in the lungs. The air sacs are responsible for passing oxygen through our red blood cells. The damage is known as diffuse alveolar damage. When the lungs are healthy, the oxygen in the air sacs is transported to the red blood cells by tiny vessels called capillaries.
“Nature has evolved in a way that the wall of alveolus is very, very thin in a normal person so oxygen can easily get from the air space in between to the red blood cell,” Dr. Mukhopadhyay explains.
6COVID 19 damages the lungs continuously to cause a possible fatal outcome
COVID 19 damages both the lining cells and the wall of the alveolus including the capillaries. The damage produces debris that again covers the wall of the alveolus just like a coat of paint. The damage to the capillaries results in plasma proteins leaking out that creates an additional thickening of the wall.
Doctor Mukhopadhyay explained “Eventually, the wall of the alveolus gets thicker than it should be,” he notes. “The thicker this wall gets, the harder it is to transfer oxygen, the more you feel short of breath, and the more and more you start moving towards severe illness and possibly death.”
7Why is it important to understand how COVID-19 affects your lungs?
Doctor Mukhopadhyay says that the point of his explanation is to emphasize on what COVID-19 is capable of doing to your body especially those who are at high risk and vulnerable to infection. He hopes that this will make people take the disease more seriously.
“Please don’t dismiss this as ‘just another viral infection that will pass,’” he says. “Please take all the precautions that the CDC is outlining. Please protect yourself, your family, and others.”