See how Covid-19 damages lungs

Hyperaxion Mar 14, 2020

CT scans and X-rays are helping specialists diagnose severe cases of the disease.

The number of people infected with the coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, grows every day, so much that it has led the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the disease as a pandemic. Among the most frequent symptoms of the disease are runny nose, cough, body aches and diarrhea.

In some people, especially those who had autoimmune diseases and respiratory conditions before being infected by the virus, the severity of Covid-19 can be worse – and the lungs seriously affected. In some cases, specialists use X-ray images and CT scans to diagnose the infection.

The images below show the devastating effects of the disease on the respiratory system.

For comparison, this is what a healthy lung looks like.

Healthy lung of a 21-year-old woman. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons).

Now, these are the lungs of some people affected by the coronavirus.

See how Covid-19 damages lungs
Lungs of a 44-year-old Chinese man who died of the disease. (Credit: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
 X-rays of a Vietnamese diagnosed after traveling to Wuhan, China, where the pandemic probably started
X-rays of a Vietnamese diagnosed after traveling to Wuhan, China, where the pandemic probably started. (Credit: Twitter).
Deterioration of the lung of a coronavirus victim who worked near the place where the disease originated. (Credit: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Computed tomography of a 45-year-old woman diagnosed with coronavirus in China
Computed tomography of a 45-year-old woman diagnosed with coronavirus in China. (Credit: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
The white spots indicate pneumonia
The white spots indicate pneumonia. (Credit: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Evolution of the condition of a 34-year-old patient.
Evolution of the condition of a 34-year-old patient. (Credit: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Evolution of the condition of a 29-year-old man who tested positive for Covid-19 after having symptoms for 6 days
Evolution of the condition of a 29-year-old man who tested positive for Covid-19 after having symptoms for 6 days. (Credit: Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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