How Coronavirus kills its victims


Niyi Akinnaso

 

THIS essay has two apparently contradictory messages. On the one hand, it affirms that the coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19, is not necessarily a death sentence.

There are countries, such as Uganda and Vietnam, which have recorded no deaths so far, despite confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Although over 500 deaths have been recorded in Nigeria, nearly double that number has recovered from the disease. But that is only one side of the story.

On the other hand, the coronavirus disease is a death bomb for certain individuals who are infected. That’s why over half a billion people so far have died of the virus worldwide.

True, people with pre-existing conditions, such as heart, lung, or kidney disease, are at greater risk of death, the data so far show that the virus can kill just about anybody.

Yet, there is neither a certified cure nor a vaccine against the virus as of today.

In the search for cure or vaccine, researchers have studied the behaviour…



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