By now, we are all aware of the symptoms of the deadly COVID-19 aka coronavirus but a lot of us still don’t the extent of the damaging effects the virus has on human beings.
Those who have fallen ill are reported to have had cough, cold, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, there can be organ failure and recovery depends on the strength of the immune system.
To give you some perspective on just how the virus affects the body, here are some X-ray images and CT scans including those of a Chinese man, 44, who died from coronavirus.
The above image is of a 44-year-old man who worked at the Wuhan seafood market thought to be the origin of the outbreak,
Reports state that the scans show patches in the lungs and the experts’ findings could lead to a quicker diagnosis and help to prevent infections. In the 44-year-old man’s case fluid in the spaces of the man’s lungs became more pronounced over time, as evident when comparing image A to image F.
According to Mail Online, the man was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2019 after suffering from fever and cough for almost two weeks. Doctors diagnosed the man with pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
The CT scan above is of a 54-year-old woman who tested positive after visiting Wuhan, China, the initial epicentre of the global outbreak. It shows white patches in her lungs.
As per reports, the abnormalities are known as ground-glass opacity, or fluid in the spaces in the lungs, and they were more pronounced in later scans.
The woman was diagnosed with severe pneumonia caused by the virus after suffering from a fever, cough, fatigue and chest congestion for a week .
The image above is of another 45-year-old woman from Sichuan Province in China who tested positive for COVID-19. The X-Ray shows white patches in her chest and a “reversed halo sign” was observed in the left upper lobe, the medical journal Radiology reported.
The ‘ground glass opacities’, or patches, became denser over time, and the patterns were similar to those found in patients who contracted SARS or MERS.
For now, India has imposed stringent travel curbs to the country as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic with more than 118,000 confirmed cases and 4,291 deaths in 114 countries. India’s count of infected people is 62 with no confirmed deaths so far from the disease.