How coronavirus attacks the entire body — damaging the brain, kidneys and more

 

While the coronavirus is known to cause deadly respiratory problems, research is now showing the multitude of ways the disease can ravage the entire body.

Through a growing number of studies, reports and doctor’s experiences, the deadly virus has been linked to issues in everything from the brain to the toes.

Here is a breakdown of the ways COVID-19 can affect different parts of the body:

Eyes
The coronavirus has been observed to turn eyes red, causing pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, in some patients.

Physicians have suggested that the condition develops in the severely ill and one study of 38 hospitalized patients in Hubei, China, found that a third had pinkeye.

Brain
Neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, impaired consciousness, skeletal-muscle injuries have been documented among cases.

Chinese doctors in April published a study on nervous-system function in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that patients can also experience more serious issues — including seizures and stroke, which occurs when a blood clot reaches the brain, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Heart
Doctors have seen alarming cases of myocarditis an inflammation of the heart muscle — in addition to irregular heart rhythms that can lead to cardiac arrest in coronavirus patients, according to the Washington Post.

“They seem to be doing really well as far as respiratory status goes, and then suddenly they develop a cardiac issue that seems out of proportion to their respiratory issues,” said Mitchell Elkind, a Columbia University neurologist and president-elect of the American Heart Association, told the outlet.

Sensory system
The loss of the ability to taste and smell has emerged as a peculiar symptom strongly associated with the virus.

Loss of taste and smell could be crucial symptoms of coronavirus
The condition, which is known as anosmia, was not initially recognized as a symptom of the virus, but data from a symptom-tracking app in one study found that 60 percent of people who tested positive reported losing their senses of smell and taste, according to researchers from King’s College London.

About a quarter experienced the strange symptom before developing other conditions, suggesting it may be an early sign of the virus.

Blood
The coronavirus also causes blood thickening and clots in the veins, according to doctors.

The clots can break loose and travel to the lungs and brain, potentially causing a deadly condition known as pulmonary embolism.

It’s still not known why the virus causes the blood clots to form, or why the body is unable to break them up.

Gastrointestinal system
Digestive issues, such as diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, have been among the chief complaints of many patients.

Nearly half of the virus patients admitted to the hospital in the central…

 

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