Here’s what happens when coronavirus enters your body
Coronavirus or Covid-19 has infected over 42.2M people across the globe, while killing over 1.14M of those infected with this virus. The increasing number of Covid-19 patients forced the authorities across the world to enforce a nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
The pandemic has gripped the world with fear. People around the world are taking all sorts of precautions to prevent Covid-19. However, the other main challenge for the authorities has been the spread of misinformation. Earlier, they were tasked to bust the myths around precautions, causes and symptoms of coronavirus.
Having raised awareness around those myths, more misinformation pertaining to the impact of Covid-19 has surfaced on the internet, say health experts. Many people have been sharing various things on social media related to what happens when this virus enters our body. Some of the posts have even suggested that the virus permanently damages the respiratory system, leaving it vulnerable to even the smallest of viruses and diseases.
However, some studies have suggested otherwise.
While one cannot neglect the effect of coronavirus on the respiratory system, but, all is not gloom. When the virus enters the body of a person, it binds to two cells in the lungs, which are known as goblet cells and cilia cells. The virus starts to kill these cells, filling the lungs with fluid and making it hard for the patient to breathe.
This is where the immune system of the infected patient starts to fight the virus. Gradually, the body temperature tends to increase and the fever creates a perfect environment for the virus to multiply. Within a couple of days, the patient gets rid of mucus in the form of coughing and a runny nose.
While most of the patients would defeat the virus with a healthy immune system, some elderly people and those with pre-existing health conditions may fail to do so, suggest medical experts. In such cases, the virus may start to kill the healthy cell, leading to organ failure, which may even cause death.
Covid-19 patients with a healthy medical history and immune system will most likely not face any long-term effects after recovering from the virus, given that they follow a healthy lifestyle. However, elderly people and those with a weak immune system or pre-existing health condition may experience long-term effects even after recovering from coronavirus.
Thus, it would be safe to say that coronavirus doesn’t permanently damage the respiratory tract of an infected person after recovering from the condition. However, it is equally important to take all the precautions and follow a healthy lifestyle after being discharged from the hospital.