Covid-19 is not just a disease of the lungs, doctors are finding.
An article published last week in Science magazine shows how the disease can attack almost any organ in the body, including the kidneys, heart, brain, eyes and gastrointestinal tract.
“[The disease] can attack almost anything in the body with devastating consequences,” cardiologist Harlan Krumholz of Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital told Science. Krumholz is leading multiple efforts to gather clinical data on COVID-19. “Its ferocity is breathtaking and humbling,” he said.
Understanding this could help the doctors on the front lines treat the fraction of infected people who become desperately and sometimes mysteriously sick.
But that’s not easy, as the virus acts like no other pathogen humanity has ever seen.