Posted on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. – Advertisement –
A surgeon is keen to show the impact the coronavirus can have on a patient’s lungs.
“The lungs of a person infected with the coronavirus appear worse than those of smokers,” Brittany Bankhead-Kendall, a trauma surgeon in Texas, warns on Twitter. Supporting photos, the latter shows the difference between the lungs of a healthy person, a smoker and a Covid-19 patient.
It can be seen that healthy lungs show black spots, a sign that the person can breathe a normal amount of oxygen. Conversely, the x-ray of a smoker’s lungs seems blurry, while that of a coronavirus patient worries. This in fact presents white spots, ie localized pulmonary opacities “in frosted glass”, in which the alveoli fill with an inflammatory liquid.
The doctor explains that “some patients feel good when the x-ray has been taken, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be able to have problems later.” Brittany Bankhead-Kendall adds: “It is not a disease that cures … It is a disease that is mitigated for a while, if we are lucky.”
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