UPDATED 11:05 AM PT —Saturday, July 11, 2020
A new study has discovered more about the effects of COVID-19 on the human body.
According to researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, autopsies of COVID-19 patients have revealed a dramatic increase in blood clots.
Pathologists have said they expected to find clotting in the lungs, but scans showed a more generalized effect with excessive clotting appearing in almost every major organ.
“Clotting was not only in the large vessels, but also in the smaller vessels,” explained Dr. Amy Rapkiewicz. “This was dramatic, because although we may have just expected it in the lungs, we found it in almost every organ we looked at in our autopsy study.”
The study also revealed the presence of bone marrow cells outside of bones and lungs. Officials suggested this could help explain the body’s response to the coronavirus and why excessive clotting arises as a result of the disease.