VIDEO | Kidney damage and blood clotting: New COVID-19 symptoms puzzle doctors

Previously, Broadway actor Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated after contracting the virus.

There is still a lot of information about the novel coronavirus that is yet to be discovered by doctors and health professionals. As cases increase across the world, experts seem to be finding out a lot more about the virus.

Recently, it has been revealed that the COVID-19, which was initially thought of as a respiratory disease, also attacks kidneys, heart and can even cause blood clotting. The cases from across the world showed that COVID-19 patients developed kidney problems, which complicated their treatment and minimized chances of recovery.

Why does the virus affect kidneys?

Although it is still unclear why the virus impacts kidneys, a study showed that coronavirus infiltrates the body by binding ‘ACE2’, a type of receptor cells that are found in kidneys, lungs, and heart. However, it is also possible that the virus affects other organs because the body is unable to deliver adequate oxygen to them, as the virus hits the lungs hard, leading to difficulty in breathing.

This was seen in the case of Jamal Uddin, whose coronavirus story began like many others. After testing positive for the virus, Jamal was getting closer to recovery.

However, he was going to be taken off the ventilator when doctors noticed his potassium levels spike, which is due to kidney damage. This increase in potassium levels can be treated with a dialysis machine, but the hospital in New York City, where Jamal was being treated, had no vacant machine. Despite the efforts of the doctors to treat the patient, he passed away.

Blood clotting, amputation and the case of Nick Cordero:

Another complication the virus reportedly causes is blood-clotting after numerous doctors in the US reported that their COVID-19-positive patients seemed to have started developing clots.

Previously, Broadway actor Nick Cordero had his right leg amputated after contracting the virus. This was because the 41-year old suffered from blood clots, which blocked the blood from getting to his toes.

Physician at the University of Pennsylvania and head of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Lewis Kaplan said they understand that there is a clot, but the reason why there is a clot remains unknown.

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