How do you die from the Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

Mudassir Ali
Mar 03, 2020 05:18 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Mar 03, 2020 05:18 PM

As of 27 Feb, 2020.

The disease produces pneumonia in about 14% of cases, and this further deteriorates into Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in about 6% of cases.

Most who get pneumonia are out of danger in about a week and then have a few weeks or months returning to full health.

Those who develop ARDS, however (basically where pneumonia rarely fills more than a small part of a part of the lung with fluid and mucus, ARDS near-completely affects the lungs) keep fighting for air, until – in about 40% of ARDS cases – one or more organs fail. In this case, it seems mostly kidney and heart failure. If there is a small mercy here, an inability to take in enough oxygen means your brain is starved of the stuff and goes into hypoxia, so hopefully death is not as agonising for the patient as it is for those around them.

Age, sex, and underlying health conditions seem to be factors here. The chances of developing ARDS symptoms are higher the older you are, and whether or not you have high blood-pressure, heart problems, or diabetes, and seemingly if you are male. There’s no guarantees, but if you are a healthy 30-year-old woman with none of those health-issue flags, you are considerably more likely to survive COVID-19 than if you are 80-year-old man, with diabetes, high blood pressure, and a dodgy ticker.

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