Now Autopsies Show COVID-19 Turns Lungs As Hard As Stone
4The fatality toll was significant in Gujarat alone
Since the first recorded case of the viral infection on March 19th, around 3,442 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Gujarat. The state began doing autopsies of those who have succumbed to the virus now after 6 months of battling the pandemic.
The major challenge was trying to get the families of the victims to consent to the autopsies. According to doctors from Rajkot Medical College, only one in 15 COVID-19 patients’ kin would agree to the postmortem. In doing so these autopsies that were reported in an Indian daily The Times of India provided invaluable information about how the virus destroys the organs and ravages the body.
5Severe Blood Clotting
As per experts, having only 5 autopsies is a small number to produce conclusive findings. In light of this, the current aim is to study at least 10-20 cases of those who lost their life to the virus. This needs to be done to ascertain how age, immune response, and comorbidities, play a role in a patients struggle against the viral infection.
Certain aspects of this have by far been revealed in the preliminary findings. According to Dr. Kyada- “Lungs, the brain, and the circulatory system are the worst affected by COVID-19”.
Some well-known COVID-19 complications include the deadly cytokine storm and hypercoagulation. This has been revealed by an extraordinary extent among the deceased victims of the virus. The severe blood clotting was found to have even clogged the most important micro-vessels which transport blood to the brain.
7Severe blood clots in the Circle of Willis
Dr. Kyada said- “We found severe clotting even in the ‘Circle of Willis’. The Circle of Willis provides collateral blood flow between the anterior and posterior circulations of the brain, protecting against ischemia in the event of vessel disease or damage in one or more areas”.
Kyada adds, “The key aim is to find how a 101-year-old dada survives corona unscathed while 30-year-old, healthy man succumbs to it. What body types fight? What body types succumb? If we can get these answers, we can prevent deaths. Our primary mission is to reveal mysteries which help clinicians in helping patients survive coronavirus”.