Now Autopsies Show COVID-19 Turns Lungs As Hard As Stone
Just when people thought COVID-19 would be over soon, it seems to have come back with a bang with cases increasing in countries like the UK every day. In India, the situation is not a good one with the country taking over as top spot in the number of daily cases although the fatality rate is still lower than most countries. But now medical experts in India have found something shocking about COVID-19 after 6 months of battling the raging pandemic. The latest discovery comes as a revelation of how the deadly virus turns the lungs rock-solid.
1Autopsies reveal COVID-19 make lungs extremely hard
India currently has only two medical centers researching the new coronavirus. The first center to be set up was at AIIMS in the city of Bhopal while the second and most recent center was set up in Gujarat. To study how COVID-19 ravages the human body, 5 autopsies were conducted at PDU Government Medical College affiliated with Rajkot Civil Hospital.
The most startling feature in all 5 postmortems was the reports that the normally very spongy lungs had turned into extremely hard organs. The lungs were comparable to two hard stones.
2Such a discovery has never before been observed
The Professor and Head of the department of forensic medicine at PDU GMC, Dr. Hetal Kyada stated that this is the first time in his long career of 13 years, that he has witnessed a viral illness turning lungs into something as hard as a rock.
“Lungs are spongy organs. To use a common image, you can compare them with bread which when pressed is soft. In autopsy of patients with lung cancer, pneumonia, and TB, we find lungs turning hard but corona unleashes unprecedented damage. When you cut through a COVID patient’s lungs, it feels as if you are cutting a stone”, says Dr. Kyada.
3Another surprising discovery is how COVID-19 increases the weight of the lungs
According to Dr. Kyada there is yet another astonishing discovery which is about how the virus increases the weight of the lungs without any visible swelling. The weight of the lungs increase by four times their original weight. Dr Kyade explains: “Lungs’ normal weight is between 375 grams and 400 grams. Corona victims’ lungs end up weighing 1,200-1,300 grams”.