Doctors Worried After Finding Mysterious Blood Clots in Coronavirus Patients That Can Prove Fatal
The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 was thought to be a relatively straightforward respiratory virus. However, new discoveries are revealing truly frightening facts about it. Among the ICU team leaders working across 10 hospitals in the Emory University health system in Atlanta, one doctor revealed that one of his patients had an unusual blood problem. The patient was put on coagulants, but clots were still developing. A second doctor reported to have seen something similar. Soon after, a third doctor reported the same case.
1COVID 19 patients are showing a number of different and unexplained symptoms
Critical-care surgeon Craig Coopersmith, was alarmed at almost 40% of patients afflicted withCOVID19 developing blood clots according to a report in the Washington Post. More than that, new bizarre and unsettling cases are now being increasingly reported by doctors unlike they have seen before. There were patients with frighteningly low oxygen levels that normally would render them unconscious or near death, but they seemed normal and talked and swiped on their smartphones as if nothing was wrong. An asymptomatic pregnant woman suddenly had a cardiac arrest. Patients who seemed to be having mild disease which had been deteriorating within minutes after undergoing the conventional methods of treatment were dying at home.
2Changes in blood may explain the abnomalities
After observing no clear patterns in terms of age or chronic conditions, some scientists have hypothesized that these severe changes in a patient’s blood can explain at least some of these abnormalities. Some doctors have gone as far to raise the controversial possibility to give patients infected with COVID-19 preventive blood thinners because of this acute concern. They have even suggested giving it to those who have the disease but are well enough to endure the illness at home.
3CT scans of lungs have shown several thick blood clots
Unlike Ebola, Dengue, Lassa and other hemorrhagic fevers that cause uncontrolled bleeding, the COVID-19 virus cause thick blood clots. Nevertheless, these are all part of the same phenomenon having similar devastating consequences.
The autopsies of people’s lungs have shown them filled with hundreds of microclots. Larger sized errant blood clots can even break off and travel all the way to the brain or heart which could cause a stroke or heart attack. The right leg of Broadway actor Nick Cordero, 41 years, was amputated on Saturday after he was infected with the virus and suffered from clots that blocked blood from getting to his toes.
4Even doctors are scared
A university of Pennsylvania physician and head of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Lewis Kaplan, explained how doctors, every year treat people with clotting complications, from those with cancer to victims of severe trauma, but none have ever shown signs of clotting like this.
Kaplan said “The problem we are having is that while we understand that there is a clot, we don’t yet understand why there is a clot. We don’t know. And therefore, we are scared.”