Science will defeat COVID-19 and give us back our freedom once more. But till then COVID-19, an on-going challenge is a major threat to public health. Each day brings more lethal information showing the ineffectiveness of the prevailing health systems and treatments. The on-going pandemic severely challenged healthcare systems all around the world due to inconceivable number of patients needing intensive care.
COVID-19 patients have difficulty breathing due to distressed lungs leading to supposedly a respiratory disease. But now autopsies performed in Italy shows that COVID-19 is not pneumonia (lung ailment) but disseminated intravascular coagulation (thrombosis or blood clotting).According to Italian pathologists, ventilators and intensive care were never needed rather fighting it needs antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories and anti-coagulants. Hospitals report very high rates of death once a COVID-19 patient is put on ventilators. Data from 12 New York hospitals find out of 320 patients on ventilators 282 died. Treatment in ICUs is useless if thromboembolism is not resolved, as ventilating lungs where blood does not circulate is useless.
The success of the Bangladeshi doctors also validated this point. Recently, doctors in Bangladesh Medical College hospital cured COVID-19 patients in four days using an antiprotozoal medicine Ivermectin combined with an antibiotic Doxycycline.
The wide symptoms of the disease puzzled doctors for long. The symptoms varied from fever, dry cough and diarrhoea, sometimes combined with mild to severe pneumonia to severe lung dysfunction needing ventilation, shock or multiple organ failures. Also people seriously ill with COVID-19, were at higher risk of blood clots. The virus is also thought to infect and damage the heart and the kidneys, or even the brain.
But it is not the virus that damages the organs; rather it is the body’s own immune system generating a massive inflammatory response to combat the coronavirus. That is why recently several deaths from heart failure occurred in people with no previous heart condition. Unlike conventional pneumonia, COVID-19 attacks both lungs, because the problem is cardiovascular, not respiratory. In retrospect, chest X-rays showing interstitial pneumonia are entirely consistent with disseminated intravascular coagulation, as in disseminated intravascular coagulation, the lung is the most affected because it is the most inflamed.
We hope a permanent cure is soon found to save humanity from the on-going lockdown life.