The growing list: Doctors discover new symptoms in COVID-19 patients

With doctors discovering new symptoms in patients affecting kidney, heart, and brain, even something new ‘COVID toes’, experts are reassessing the diseases and in a mission to discover a treatment.

With COVID-19 cases increasing at an alarming rate, new hurdles like new symptoms are pushing experts to find a treatment. Here are a few case studies showing new symptoms.

Deborah Coughlin, a 67-year-old female, first few days after testing positive for COVID-19, was neither complaining of shortness of breath or coughing nor did she have a temperature spiking 200 degrees. It was a case of diarrhea and vomiting which brought her to the hospital. A few days later, Coughlin found her oxygen level in blood dropping and was on a ventilator. A new variety of symptoms is making the physicians’ race to recognize, explain, and treat it.

Several research and expert notes have led to us believing that this new deadly virus is not a joke and completely unpredictable., Though the virus is first known to attack lungs, now it’s safe to confirm that it can attack a person anywhere from head to toe. Many doctors are mainly focused on suppressing the inflammatory reactions caused by the virus and to prevent any blood clots, preventing the patient to breathe.

“We don’t know why there are so many disease presentations,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “Bottom line, this is just so new that there’s a lot we don’t know.”

Trying to define a pathogen in the midst of an ever-spreading epidemic is fraught with difficulties. Experts say it will be years until it is understood how the disease damages organs and how medications, genetics, diets, lifestyles, and distancing impact its course.

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