• Emmit Boyer

Covid-19 is more than a death rate



As much of the world is still gripped by the hold of the Covid-19 pandemic after almost half a year in lock down, many have tirelessly socially distanced and examined the virus statistics day after day hoping for each to decrease enough for life to continue as usual again. Some wish to wait until numbers have decreased further, whilst others point to the death count as a sign of when to open back up again. A portion of the country even decries this whole pandemic as nothing but media fear mongering, claiming the virus itself is nothing but a derivative of the common flu that only kills the old and those with underlying conditions. However if recent scientific studies into the aftereffects of the virus are to be believed, then the shock waves of this pandemic may carry on long after the infection rate is suppressed.


Most of these new studies originate within Germany, where the pandemic has so far largely died down. One of these German studies in Frankfort examined one hundred people with a median age of forty nine, looking into one particular part of the human body: the heart. What they found utterly surprised those who studied them, and may change the notion that young people shouldn’t fear the extent of this virus.


Of the one hundred healthy patients who lacked underlying conditions who were examined, 78% percent of them now possessed structural changes to their own hearts. 76% held damage similar to that of a heart attack, and 60% held inflammation in the heart muscles. One of the study teams in Frankfurt said "our findings demonstrate that participants with a relative paucity of pre-existing cardiovascular condition...had frequent cardiac inflammatory involvement.”


This discovery is a shocking one, as almost all of these patients had been recovered for weeks and felt nothing irregular with their bodies, lacking the symptoms commonly found in conditions like these such as chest pain. Heart disease is already the leading cause of death within America, with around 647,000 people dying of the condition every single year. What this has unveiled is even if the virus itself does not kill you, the effect the coronavirus could potentially hold over the young who are not suffering from cardiovascular conditions is truly daunting.


Even without considering the newfound heart conditions affecting those recovering, other issues may arise. The CDC itself reports that 35% percent of people who get this disease had maintained a chronic symptom even after completely shaking the virus. This pattern carries on to one in five adults between eighteen and thirty-four, all of which had no underlying health conditions.


This pattern should be incredibly concerning for teenagers and young adults, as the CDC states that “COVID-19 can result in prolonged illness, even among young adults without underlying chronic medical conditions.”


It is a devastating virus, one which does not have to kill you in order to make everyday existence difficult.

The major concern over all this is how long-term these persistent conditions will be, with many still combating these conditions long after the corona virus left their system. Although many individuals write this disease off as a common cold with no affect on their lifestyle, studies like these show that this could not be farther from the truth.


Even with evidence like this the young and old alike continue to party without a care in the world, acting as if they are invincible and that it is perfectly fine if they are affected by the virus as it will not kill them. The leaders in counties such as Los Angeles have attempted to stop partying like this, but if younger individuals do not gain the initiative to preserve their communities from this virus, then the possibility of long term suffering for the next generation will become a reality.


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