What Makes COVID-19 So Deadly?

People who get COVID-19 experience mild symptoms, while some, none at all. However, to a number of people, it can be a life threatening disease. 

COVID-19 is a virus that comes from SARS-CoV-2. It becomes a virus in two ways: one is an infection in the lungs which can cause symptoms similar to the flu such as having a hard time to breathe or two, it can be an infection in the gut that causes diarrhea. In most cases, it is the first one. The majority have an infection in the lungs which wreaks havoc to a persons’ immune system that can lead to long-term damages or even death to a few people.

But, some of these deaths do not only happen because or COVID-19 alone. It can also happen when a person already has a current illness. The virus, wreaking havoc to the immune system, will make the person weaker, which can lead to death. So, the cause would be both their current illness and COVID-19.

When Does The Virus Get Deadly?

As mentioned, COVID-19, depending on their circumstances, can be deadlier to other people. People who are older who have existing health conditions are more at risk of having mild to severe symptoms, long-term damage, or worst case scenario, death. Although, the people who experience COVID-19 that becomes life threatening isn’t as high as people who develop mild to moderate symptoms and fully recover without ever having the need to be treated in a hospital.

It is said that 1 out of 5 people will experience serious symptoms or illnesses after contracting COVID-19. But, when does it get deadly? It get deadlier if you already have an existing health condition such as:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes 

And some of the more deadlier symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Arrhythmia 
  • Organ Failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Heart Failure
  • Respiratory distress syndrome

Mysteries of COVID-19

With COVID-19 still relatively new, there are not a lot of studies about it, making it very deadly because we don’t know a lot such as how they will react to different components or how they will react to changes in seasons. So, this is one of the reasons why it is so deadly. And even with the release of the vaccine, it still does not make you immune. Although it decreases the chances of you getting severe symptoms, you’ll still be able to get the virus if you’re not careful enough.

Mortality Rate

The mortality rate of COVID-19 depends on numerous factors such as age, their location, and their existing health conditions so we can not give a definite number. However, based on recent studies, the mortality rate is higher in the older population.

Bottomline

According to WHO, 80% of people who get COVID-19 can recover without having to experience severe symptoms or having to get special treatment. However, to the 20%, it becomes deadly. Majority of that 20% is the older generation, this is because most have existing health conditions, making them weaker and more susceptible to the virus. 

With this being said, you must take precautions such as social distancing, deep cleaning, using masks, etc. This is not only for your sake but also to the other people around you.

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