COVID-19 pandemic: how the virus affects our body

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic of the coronavirus infection that has gripped the world is a serious test for the healthcare system and the world’s population. At risk were people over 65 years old, as well as those who suffer from chronic diseases.

It is estimated that about 80% of those infected are infected with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus, asymptomatically or in a mild form. However, up to 5% of those infected are seriously ill, and they need not only hospitalization, but also the help of resuscitators.

Currently, there are no drugs designed specifically for treating patients with COVID-19: depending on the severity of the condition, patients receive symptomatic therapy – drugs that relieve fever and alleviate other symptoms, or other drugs whose effectiveness in coronavirus infection is only verified.

Recognize the disease

The disease spreads in the world since the end of December 2019: starting in China, the virus gradually reached the most remote corners of the planet. Despite the fact that now the number of infected has exceeded 4 million people, not much is known about the virus and the consequences of the disease.

The main symptoms of the disease are dry cough, fever, severe weakness. In almost 90% of cases, the ability to distinguish odors (sometimes taste) temporarily disappears. In addition, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea, and diarrhea can occur.

The virus spreads by airborne droplets – by coughing, sneezing, talking. There is evidence of contact-household transmission: the virus can persist for quite a long time on surfaces – up to 7 days on plastic and metal, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 4 days on glass. Experts recommend washing your hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds), and if it is impossible to do this, use an alcohol antiseptic.

Lungs, heart and blood vessels at risk

The virus itself and the course of COVID-19 are actively being studied almost in real time – doctors and researchers analyze the patient’s medical history to understand who is at risk, how the disease is going in one case or another, what strategies should be used in treatment.

The first and most often the lungs and the respiratory system as a whole are affected, and the manifestations can be very different: some patients have only a slight cough, others develop pneumonia, and others have a severe and often fatal complication – acute respiratory distress syndrome, in which the patient requires mechanical ventilation.

Infection also affects the functioning of the heart and blood vessels: patients develop arrhythmia, and often pressure drops. In addition, some observations indicate that COVID-19 can cause blood clots, which in turn can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.

The liver is also at risk

The virus does not pass without a trace for the liver, affecting the condition and functioning of this organ. The liver may be damaged by infection: this is indicated by the fact that in diseases caused by coronaviruses (including MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS), an increase in the concentration of liver enzymes in the blood was observed (ALT and AST in blood tests). This situation occurs during the inflammatory process in the liver or when it is damaged – direct destruction of the liver cells.

Doctors working with patients with COVID-19 patients noted cases of exacerbation of viral hepatitis provoked by a new coronavirus. At risk of COVID-19 morbidity are patients who already suffer from chronic liver diseases, which is extremely common among the population and further increases the risk of severe infection.

The liver also suffers from the effects of drugs prescribed in the treatment of COVID-19, many of which have a toxic effect on this organ.

When liver damage is one of the first to suffer the function of detoxification, or purification from toxins. At the same time, toxins accumulate, negatively affecting well-being. So, one of the most dangerous toxins in the body is ammonia. It is formed by the digestion of food proteins and is normally neutralized by the liver.

If the liver is damaged, ammonia accumulates in the blood, depressing the brain (concentration of attention suffers, sleep, a feeling of weakness occurs) and further damaging the liver itself. Preliminarily evaluate the cleansing function of the liver and suggest that ammonia can be increased by passing a special Test of connection of numbers in just 40 seconds on the site www.testpecheni.rf . With poor test results, you should think about liver health and consult a doctor.

In the case of liver damage in the treatment of both coronavirus infection and other acute respiratory viral infections, it is important to take hepatoprotectors – special drugs that protect its cells and improve performance.

One of these drugs is the German hepatoprotective detoxifier Hepa-Merz with the combined action of the natural amino acids L-ornithine and L-aspartate. Its purpose has a positive effect on the liver and can help reduce the toxic effects of drugs on its cells. In addition, unlike other drugs for the liver, Hepa-Merz reduces toxic ammonia in the blood, improving the general condition.

The psyche and the brain can also suffer.

The society learned about COVID-19 quite recently, but it is already clear that the epidemic has affected all of us. And these are not just words – it is already known that both long-term self-isolation and the disease itself affect the psyche.

Up to 60% of patients who have undergone COVID-19 may experience some type of mental disorder: increased anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. Every fourth patient has cognitive problems: impaired memory, speed of thinking, decreased attention.

Virus has not stopped yet

Despite the fact that in some countries quarantine is being weakened, and the self-isolation regime is being canceled, it is too early to talk about the final victory on the virus.

The whole world is waiting for the appearance of a vaccine protecting against SARS-CoV-2, which can be expected, according to the most optimistic forecasts, not earlier than autumn. Health professionals urge hygiene and, where necessary, self-isolation regimes to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the burden on the health system.

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