How Does COVID-19 Affect the Body?
How Does COVID-19 Affect the Body?After the incubation period, the virus moves into the lungs where it begins its replication process. When this occurs, the immune system releases a plethora of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines to initiate and drive the immune response. At this point, three factors can occur which determine whether an individual experiences few symptoms with a good outcome or becomes severely ill.
Immune overdrive from the virus can cause a cytokine storm which injures the host cells. The cytokine storm involves high levels of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6, IL-10, and tumor necrosis factors (TNF-α) being released. Acute resiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) can occur as a result of the cytokine storm.
In some individuals who are infected by SARS-CoV-2, the activation of the complement system induced by the virus becomes unrestrained which causes inflammation, endothelial cell injuries, thrombus formation, and intravascular coagulation. Microcirculation blockage in the lung can lead to decreased oxygen intake.
When the epithelia of the vascular system are severely damaged, it triggers blood clot formation which, along with the cellular debris that falls off from the lining, can block the body’s circulation in other organs. Patients can develop severe circulatory problems such as deep venous thrombosis and thrombotic arterial complications resulting in serious conditions.
T Cell Levels
The outcome of COVID-19 has a wide spectrum of symptoms ranging from asymptomatic, mild response with symptoms just like the regular flu, to terminally ill. Researchers have tried to identify the cause of the difference and have found that the mild form of COVID-19 have healthy levels of circulating T cells including CD4 and CD8.
T cell exhaustion markers and serum cytokine levels from 522 patients with COVID-19 and 40 healthy controls showed that in COVID-19 patients requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) care the number of total T cells, CD4+, and CD8+ T cells were dramatically reduced.
In summary, the unfavorable clinical outcome in some individuals with SARS-CoV2 infections are caused by multiple factors which include a cytokine storm that causes ARDS, unstrained complement activation which causes epithelial damage and blood clot formation, and low circulating T cell levels which renders a decreased immunity to the viral infection.
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