The main symptoms of coronavirus that have been reported is a high fever and dry persistent cough, with the most severe cases leading to pneumonia.
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Between 20 and 40 percent of COVID-19 patients at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia have developed blood clots.
Doctor Craig Coopersmith told The Hour that the patients developed the clots even after being put on anticoagulants.
Other reports show that the virus also affects the heart, intestines, liver and brain.
It was originally believed that coronavirus is a respiratory illness exclusively.
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Dr Paul Saunders, a physician at Maimonides Medical Center, told the Daily Mail that clots are potentially responsible for a “large amount” of deaths at his hospital.
The clots may also be responsible for deaths after apparent recovery and release from hospitals.
He told the Daily Mail of the new developments via Twitter direct message.
“One of the things that is being learned about COVID is how much it produces coagulation problems – i.e. thrombosis (blood clots) found in both large vessels as well as the microvasculature.
“That’s been found in multiple sites in the body – for example, blood clots in the legs small clots all over the the lungs, as well as large pulmonary emboli.”
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Dr Robert Bonow, a professor of cardiology at Northwestern University, also explained the new symptoms to the Daily Mail.
“With COVID specifically, what you see that you don’t with the flu, is because under a microscope, coronavirus has all these spikes coming out of it, and those spikes are little proteins that are looking for receptors on the cells that they attach onto.
“It’s specifically looking for receptors in the lungs, but those same receptors sit on blood vessels, so it can attach on the lungs but also on blood vessels.”
Dr Bonow explains that once the viral particles dock onto these blood vessel cells, they can trigger damage to these as well as to heart muscle
They can trigger ‘hypercoagual states,’ causing blood clots that lead to heart attacks.
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Nearly 20 percent of 416 hospitalised Chinese coronavirus patients in one study conducted there showed signs of heart damage.
Dr Saunders says that, in his patients in New York City, it’s often blood clots that are responsible for heart attacks.
He said: “Heart attacks are happening from different mechanisms.
“Instead of the traditional plaque rupture that we see commonly, (heart attacks) are occurring due to pure thrombosis of the blood vessel.
“A large amount of the mortality we’re seeing is probably related to thrombosis issues, on top of the obvious respiratory problems.”
The United States is the most affected country in the world.
It has the highest cases worldwide, reporting 845,822 cases of coronavirus.
The country, which has seen the effects of social distancing beginning to take shape, reported 27,078 new cases in the last 24 hours.
The death toll in the country has reached 47,479 people, with 2,161 dying from the virus in the last 24 hours.
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