Take a look at this. This is what coronavirus can do, and it’s more extensive than a typical case of pneumonia.https://t.co/iFHv02i9Xy
— KTUU.com (@Ch2KTUU) March 24, 2020
Courtesy of KTUU:
A doctor at George Washington University Hospital wants everyone to know exactly how COVID-19 can damage your lungs.
He created a virtual rendering of lungs from an actual patient being treated at the hospital, and he thinks it has a powerful message for the public.
“So we can see it front to back, side to side…” said Dr. Keith Mortman,chief of thoracic surgery. “This patient is a gentleman in his late 50s, who initially had a fever and a non-productive cough like many other people. Respiratory symptoms progressed quite rapidly, to the point where he did need to be intubated and put on the ventilator.”
A virtual reality, 360-degree rendering, shows exactly what the virus does to the human body.
“So what you’re seeing in the video, essentially the blue part is the more normal lung, but anything you’re seeing yellow is lung that’s being destroyed by the virus,” Mortman said.
In partnership with a company called Surgical Theater, he used a coronavirus patient’s CAT scan to create an interactive model.
“It’s quite alarming to see, in all honesty, because unlike your garden-variety pneumonia that might affect only one small part of the lung or unlike the common flu, what you’re seeing in this video is really the widespread, diffuse damage to the lung.”
Mortman’s hope is that the technology can help medical professionals on the front lines, but he also wants members of the public to see these images for themselves.
This perspective should open everyone’s eyes to the dangers of COVID-19, he said.
I really have nothing to add to this post because I think it says it all.
Do click the link at the top and watch the video, because trust me that it will convince you more than enything else that you want to stay the fuck home until this thing blows over.