Again and again one hears of tragic deaths as a result of an infection with the coronavirus. But what exactly does one die from at Covid-19?
About 6.1 percent of the people who deal with the Coronavirus infect, become very seriously ill. They suffer from lung failure, multi-organ failure or septic shock. Approximately 0.5 to 3 percent of all confirmed Covid-19 patients die.
Chinese researchers observed 191 patients with severe Covid-19 diseases. 54 died. Of these, over 90 percent were old or had underlying diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease.
That older people have a higher risk of death could be due to the fact that their immune system is weaker. The virus can then multiply faster and damage the heart and other organs.
Blood poisoning and organ failure
The patients who died developed blood poisoning. This happens when the body is unable to fight the virus. The pathogen then spreads through the blood in the body, whereupon it reacts with a violent immune response.
Sometimes so violently that it even attacks the body’s own tissues and organs. This, in turn, can lead to organ failure. Seriously ill people can, therefore, die from acute kidney failure or multiple organ failure.
Shortness of breath and heart failure
Those who previously had the cardiovascular disease are also at higher risk. A severe course of Covid-19 often causes shortness of breath.
The heart then has to work harder to supply the body with oxygen. This puts a strain on the cardiovascular system. Anyone who is already stressed can die of heart failure.
In addition to viral infection, a bacterial infection can also develop. Therefore, a pneumococcal vaccination useful as a protective measure.