Since the COVID-19 coronavirus emerged in December 2019, it has spread throughout the world and became a pandemic unlike any we have dealt with in ages. The disease may be mild for some people, but certain groups are more harshly affected by it and are in greater danger. We still do not know everything we need to know about this pandemic. However, most countries are taking the necessary precautions to combat it.
The possible health consequences of this virus are still relatively unknown to us. We do know that some cases end up in death, although everyone is doing their best to prevent this from happening. Some things need to be noted, mostly the fact that a large number of people will not have too big of a problem fighting off the coronavirus. However, the issue is, some people will have problems with it, and quite a large number of them. That is why we need to act carefully and responsibly until we get more answers from the experts.
The Beginning Stages Of The Coronavirus
How exactly is the coronavirus attacking our bodies? First of all, it can enter our body through breathing or if we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face immediately afterward without washing our hands. After entering our bodies, the virus starts infecting our cells, starting with those in our throat and lungs. From there, the virus keeps on spreading. However, at this stage, the majority of people will not feel sick at all. On average, it takes five days for the symptoms to start manifesting.
However, the majority of people will only experience a mild disease. Eight out of ten people with the COVID-19 coronavirus will only have a fever and a cough. Some will also experience a sore throat, headaches, and body aches. This is all just a way that our immune system uses to fight the infection. It is easy to treat these symptoms with plenty of rest, fluids, and some medication that your doctor will prescribe. If everything goes according to plan, our immune system will successfully fight off the virus in a week or two at most.
Severe Stages Of The Virus
There are those, however, whose COVID-19 infection will not go as smoothly. In some cases, the disease will continue to progress due to the fact that the immune system overreacted to the coronavirus. The inflammation caused by our immune system (headaches, etc.) can actually cause damage to our body. It is still not entirely known how this happens, and that is why COVID-19 is dangerous.
The current estimation of the number of people that become critically ill is 6%. In these cases, the immune system itself is inflicting damage to the body. If this happens, the blood pressure can fall extremely low, which can completely shut down our organs. This is called a septic shock.
This can happen in multiple ways. For example, the inflammation in the lungs can stop the body from receiving oxygen, or the kidneys might be prevented from cleaning up the blood. Since the immune system is not able to react appropriately to the virus, nothing is stopping it from spreading all over the body.
It is still possible to treat people in this stage. However, the treatment is extremely invasive and includes an artificial lung that helps take out the blood from the body, and then pumps it back in after providing it with oxygen. Still, in these cases, the damage can reach fatal levels.
The people that die from the COVID-19 coronavirus are mostly the elderly and people that are suffering from a disease that prevents their immune system from combatting this virus efficiently. While the death rate might not seem as significant to many of our readers, things can become worse if we are not careful and responsible.
It is a fact that we still do not know everything we need to know about the COVID-19 coronavirus, and that includes the possible health consequences. At best, we will develop immunity, and it will become similar to the seasonal flu. Once we discover a vaccine, we will be able to know more about how this all will affect us in the future.
How exactly is the coronavirus attacking our bodies?
First of all, it can enter our body through breathing or if we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face immediately afterward without washing our hands. After entering our bodies, the virus starts infecting our cells, starting with those in our throat and lungs. From there, the virus keeps on spreading.
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