Scientists Say COVID -19 Can Cause A Condition Called ARDS And Reveals How It Damages Your Lungs
8 A Professor from Australia explains how COVID19 can also result in a different type of pneumonia
Professor John Wilson, president-elect of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a respiratory physician stated to reporters that most serious consequences of COVID-19 also ended in pneumonia. According to him, COVID 19 patients can be divided into four broad categories.
- Those who aren’t serious and in sub clinical stage with no virus but are COVID-19 positive.
- Those who have mild symptoms like fever, cough, headache and conjunctivitis. He explained that those with minor symptoms can still transmit the virus yet they aren’t aware of this.
- There is then the largest group of COVID-19 positive people who are being hospitalized for flu-like symptoms.
- The fourth group is the high-risk group who develop severe illness like pneumonia. According to the WHO it is the elderly and people with underlying problems like high blood pressure, heart and lung problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
9Is Covid-19 pneumonia different?
Jenkins also says that COVID19 pneumonia is different from usual pneumonia that people get admitted to hospitals for Most types of pneumonia that we know of and that we admit people to hospital for are bacterial and they respond to an antibiotic.” He goes on to say that evidence shows that COVID -19 pneumonia may be even more severe because coronavirus pneumonia affects the whole lungs instead of just a small part. He says: “Once we have an infection in the lung and, if it involves the air sacs, then the body’s response is first to try and destroy [the virus] and limit its replication.”
10Pneumonia risk increases with age
The problem he says is that the first response mechanism of the body can be impaired in people suffering heart and other health conditions like diabetes or elderly. He says “It’s important to remember that no matter how healthy and active you are, your risk for getting pneumonia increases with age. This is because our immune system naturally weakens with age, making it harder for our bodies to fight off infections and diseases.”
Watch Doctor Sanjay Mukhopadhyay video on what COVID19 does to your lungs.