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The Impact of Covid-19 On Major Body Organs Explained

Published On Jan 06, 2021, Updated On Apr 23, 2021

The year 2020 brought coronavirus into the lives of all. While many got affected by it, others were safe from its wrath. However, in one way or the other, the novel coronavirus made the health of every individual go down the drain. Where a broad section of people complained of their deteriorated mental health, others fought the multiple changes that coronavirus diseases brought into their bodies.

There’s no doubt that Covid-19 impacts the human body in a humongous way. As a matter of fact, it affects the entire system, including key organs, only to leave the patient hopeless. In this article, let us shed light on the different major body organs that the Covid-19 infection has a key impact on.

Major Organs Affected by Covid-19

The novel coronavirus is said to have a drastic impact on the respiratory system. However, it should be kept in mind that the virus can affect any organ in the body. Talking about critically ill patients, coronavirus disease can directly injure multiple organs such as lungs, brain, heart, kidneys, liver, intestine, pharynx, and other tissues. It can also result in systemic disorders, ultimately leading to organ malfunction. Therefore, it is significant to properly evaluate a patient to identify any injury to multiple organs.

Here is how Covid-19 damages the prime organs:

1. Lungs - The coronavirus disease is reported to commence its attack starting from the lungs. One of the most common effects of covid in the lungs is breathing issues, which can go from mild to major. While dry cough or a sore throat is common in mild and moderate cases, in severe and critical cases, coronavirus infection can make lungs and airways swollen, inflamed, and filled with fluid or debris, thereby making it extremely tough to catch a breath. Conditions like COPD enhance the effects of the virus even more.

2. Brain - The impact of coronavirus on the brain is quite vast and varies as per cases. While in many, the covid-19 infection leads to dizziness, loss of sense and smell, confusion, disorientation, and agitation, in others it was found to result in stroke, brain hemorrhage, and memory loss.

3. Heart - Coronavirus is known to deprive the heart of adequate amounts of oxygen. In fact, the virus can also invade blood vessels or cause inflammation within them, thereby resulting in blood clots causing heart attacks. Reports also claim clots throughout the body in many COVID-19 patients. Heart complications have also been found in patients with no previous heart disease.

4. Kidney - Covid-19 infection has a major impact on the kidneys as well. The virus makes its way into the kidney by binding directly to kidney receptors. While kidney injury is common, in the most extreme cases, patients can even go into acute renal failure, thereby losing their ability to remove waste and balance fluids in the body. Dialysis of such patients is to be carried out.

5. Liver - Liver injury is common in cases of coronavirus disease. Altered liver function, acute liver failure, liver impairment are a few common Covid-19 complications related to the liver. Learn that liver test abnormalities are more frequent in patients with more severe coronavirus infection.

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Final Words

With the passage of time, new findings with regards to the impact of coronavirus on organs are coming to light. While there is no way to prevent organ damage from occurring due to Covid-19, the least one can do is take proper precautions to prevent the virus from impacting the body and life in the first place. So, if you are still safe from the pandemic, take precautionary measures a part of your everyday life to continue enjoying the state of good health.

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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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