People fear what they don’t know which is why it’s best to understand all that you can about Corona Virus. This will keep you from getting caught up in all the myths and false news that’s constantly spreading about the virus. First identified in Wuhan, China, the virus appears to affect the body in a systematic process that seems to be connected. Here’s how the virus affects the body;
Since Corona Virus is a respiratory disease, the infection starts and ends in the lungs. The viruses spread when an infected person spreads the droplets containing the virus to individuals in close proximity (6 feet range) by either coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of the Corona Virus are similar to those of the flu. An infected person will start having a fever and a cough which later transitions to pneumonia or worse.
It is reported that there are three phases through which the disease attacks the lungs. They include replication of the virus, Hyper-reactivity of the immune system and pulmonary destruction. However, early data shows that Close to 18 per cent of the cases reported respiratory failure, while the others reported milder symptoms.
1. Replication of the virus
During the early days of infection, coronavirus quickly attacks the lung cells. These two cells can be classified as cilia (the ones that have batons resembling hair) and the ones responsible for mucus production. The mucus is responsible for keeping your breathing organs moist and offering protection to the lung tissues against pathogens. On the other hand, the cilia help to clear out debris like viruses and pollen by beating around the mucus. Most of the patients infected with the virus have been reported to have developed pneumonia which exhibits symptoms such as shortness of breath. This can be attributed to the fact that coronavirus infects and kills cilia cells leading to them sloughing off and blocking the patient’s airways.