Healthcare experts have tried to predict why COVID-19 affects some people more severely than others, sometimes causing death. A new study conducted by researchers at the Imperial College London has found consistent negative health factors among people who have succumbed to the virus by examining the tissue of deceased victims.
According to Ladders, the researchers found key complications that preceded death such as fever before diagnosis, and persistent cough and shortness of breath. The pre-existing conditions of high blood pressure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also appeared frequently in the researchers’ analysis.
The post-mortem examinations found strong links between COVID-19 mortality and scarring of the lungs, kidney injury, and blood clots in at least one major organ, according to Ladders.
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