Pneumonia is a highly contagious disease caused by bacterial infections, viruses or fungi such as fungi. When a person is infected with the disease a major attack of infection will occur in the vital organs of our body, the lungs.
The infection causes the lungs to swell in what we label as alveoli.
An alveoli is an air chamber in a small balloon shaped like a balloon and is only one size thick. It is unknown how much of this small amount of space is in our lungs but about 170 alveoli per cubic millimeter of lung tissue is estimated.
It is estimated that millions of alveoli play a very important function allowing us to breathe.
Infection of the alveoli
After we inhale through the nose or mouth and through the trachea, the oxygen contained in the air will be present in the alveoli before it is absorbed into the bloodstream.
When a person is infected with pneumonia, the alveoli that should be empty will be filled with fluid that results from the damage caused by the virus infection.
This residue is produced when our body’s immune system starts to fight the virus but at the same time attacks the cells around the alveoli, resulting in the accumulation of “waste” that fills the space.
The residual result of this infection is very similar to that of mucus filling the wall of the alveoli causing the wall to become thicker which makes the process of absorption of oxygen into the blood more difficult.
When oxygen is not readily absorbed into the blood, our body begins to experience difficulty in breathing, fatigue, shortness and from the onset of oxygen deprivation, other symptoms of illness can occur due to our growing body weakness.
We will begin to have a fever as a sign that our immune system is working against the infection.
The patient will begin to suffer from dry cough. Some will start to feel weak and sweaty. Pneumonia is the last known form of infection for someone infected with the Covid-19 outbreak.
It is estimated that over 6% to 20% of the infected need to survive the infection at this level. Unfortunately, to date, no known treatment method has been able to help Covid-19 patients with pneumonia.
How is Covid-19 pneumonia different from normal pneumonia?
In contrast to the majority of cases of pneumonia that have already been dealt with, Covid-19’s pneumonia is caused by a viral infection.
Most cases of common pneumonia are caused by bacterial infections and can be treated using antibiotics.
As for the pneumonia infection medications caused by viral attacks, it has been found that antiviral pneumonia can only slow down the attack when the lungs are attacked by SARS-COV-2 causing Covid-19, not killing it.
Because there are no guidelines for treating patients and the absence of specific medications, physicians do not risk trying to treat them instead of taking steps to support the respiratory system of a person infected with Covid-19.
This is because, as we know, virus attacks can end on their own once the infection phase is complete; allowing one to recover without the need for special medicines.
2nd April 2020 21:01
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