Video Shows The Devastating Effect Of Coronavirus On The Lungs

Henrietta Brewer
March 29, 2020

Dr. Keith Mortman of the George Washington University Hospital said that the patient's lungs are failing and no longer functioning properly since his illness from the coronavirus progressed.

Dr. Keith Mortman, chief of thoracic surgery at the hospital, said: "It quickly becomes apparent that there is such a stark contrast between the abnormal lung tissue infected with the virus and the adjacent healthier lung tissue". He's now on a ventilator to help him breathe, but as his lungs continue to fail, even the highest setting on the machine isn't giving him relief.

"Patients suffer a one-two punch", said Dr Mortman.

In the scans, the yellow areas, which highlight the infected and inflamed regions, cover both of the lungs. When the lungs encounter the virus the body tries to seal off the virus.

"If we were to repeat the (360-degree virtual reality images) now, that is one week later, there is a chance that the infection and inflammatory process could be worse".

Such damage can lead to acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS, whereby a person's lungs are prevented from providing the body with enough oxygen.

ECMO, also known as extracorporeal life support, involves manually removing blood from the body to pump it with oxygen and remove carbon dioxide, because a ventilator can not help the lungs remove carbon dioxide from the blood.

Several researchers have been analyzing various organs in the body after getting the Covid-19.

USA scientists produced a lung map of a man who caught COVID-19.

Mortman said that about 20 percent of those who contract COVID-19 develop symptoms and a portion of those develop severe symptoms that ultimately require mechanical assistance to breathe.

"I want people to see this and understand what this can do", Mortman said.

The doctor also warned that young people are also at risk of serious infection.

The video was reportedly created by doctors at the George Washington University Hospital in the United States of America. Currently, the unnamed patient is under critical condition at the ICU of the Washington hospital.

The patient was a relatively healthy 59-year-old man admitted to George Washington University Hospital on March 18. Government officials continue to work to stop the outbreak, while scientists are working on the treatment of COVID-19 disease and learning about the damage it causes in the lungs.

The patient presented symptoms on January 23, which immediately progressed to a critical respiratory illness.

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