This is not your father’s coronavirus

“Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice.

boyThe more cases of Kung Flu we see, the more damage we see. Members of Survivor Corps, which has more than 100,000 members on social media, reported 98 ailments — eight times more than what the CDC has listed.

Following is a sampling of what Mao’s Malaise can do to the body.

The Great Invader: How COVID-19 Attacks Every Organ. We have underestimated and misunderstood COVID-19 since it first appeared.

It can be a gastrointestinal disease causing only diarrhea and abdominal pain. It can cause symptoms that may be confused with a cold or the flu. It can cause pinkeye, a runny nose, loss of taste and smell, muscle aches, severe fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, whole-body rashes, and areas of swelling and redness in just a few spots.

In a more severe disease, doctors have also reported people having heart rhythm problems, heart failure, kidney damage, confusion, headaches, seizures, brain inflammation, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and fainting spells, along with new sugar control problems, blood clots throughout the body, and severe immune system responses. It’s not just a fever and coughing, leading to shortness of breath, like everyone thought at first.

Here’s a look at the coronavirus’s complicated journey through the body. Patients with severe symptoms are developing damage in various organs, from the kidneys to the heart. From the very first cases of the novel coronavirus reported in China, doctors knew the virus targeted the lungs. But now, doctors are seeing patients with severe symptoms who are developing other damage around the body — from the kidneys to the heart.

COVID-19 Autopsies Reveal Ravages of ‘Terrible, Terrible’ Disease. COVID-19 has proven in some ways to be as mystifying to pathologists examining the dead as to physicians treating living patients.

“I was surprised at how bad it was,” Amy Rapkiewicz, MD, chair of the Department of Pathology at NYU Langone Health’s Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, New York, told Medscape Medical News. “The degree of respiratory disease was some of the worst I’ve ever seen,” she said. “It’s a terrible, terrible disease. Every organ in the body is pretty much affected.”

Here’s more:

‘I feel like I have dementia’: Brain fog plagues COVID survivors

Doctors probe whether COVID-19 is causing diabetes

Covid-19 could cause male infertility by harming testicular cells that produce sperm, study claims

Long after the fire of a Covid-19 infection, mental and neurological effects can still smolder

 

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