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The anatomy of a coronavirus patient: Decoding COVID-19's effects on human body

The anatomy of a corona-virus patient: Decoding COVID-19's effects on human body


WASHINGTON: Researchers have for the first time described the pathology of the Chinese corona-virus which has so far killed 3,000 people and infected nearly 80,000 globally since its origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019.

The research, published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, describes two patients who recently underwent lung surgery, and were found to have had novel corona-virus COVID-19, also known as SARS-CoV-2.

Their lungs exhibited edema, liquid proteinaceous secretions, fibrous connective tissue lesions with patchy inflammation, and multi-nucleated giant cells, the scientists, including those from the University of Chicago Medicine in the US, said.

"This is the first study to describe the pathology of disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19 pneumonia, since no autopsy or biopsies had been performed thus far," said study co-author Shu-Yuan Xiao from the University of Chicago Medicine.

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