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Cardiovascular effects of SARS-CoV2

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    Posted: September 04 2020 at 10:13pm

Originally posted by WitchMisspelled WitchMisspelled wrote:

So basically what this article says is this virus shreds the heart muscle.  It's terrifying to me and we need to find out if even those with mild symptoms or asymptomatic are similarly affected!

That's how I read it as well.  Some viruses have great specificity for certain tissues, such as rabies virus for nerve tissue.  

I've never heard of a "virus shredding muscle tissue" and I'd say the article was histrionic, if it were not for the source, an MD I've worked with for quite a few years.  He's been leading the conversation on COVID-19 within the FBI.  

The "Swedish model" of letting the virus circulate in the population seems particularly foolhardy now, given that even asymptomatic survivors of the infection may suffer long-term effects and decreased lifespan.   They are called "long hauler" survivors. 

https://www.advisory.com/daily-briefing/2020/09/03/doctor-covid

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So basically what this article says is this virus shreds the heart muscle.  It's terrifying to me and we need to find out if even those with mild symptoms or asymptomatic are similarly affected!

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This link was sent to me by a high-level medical subject matter expert to the FBI:

https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/04/carnage-in-lab-dish-shows-how-coronavirus-may-damage-heart/

Maybe we should think of Covid-19 as a heart disease.

When SARS-CoV-2 virus was added to human heart cells grown in lab dishes, the long muscle fibers that keep hearts beating were diced into short bits, alarming scientists at the San Francisco-based Gladstone Institutes, especially after they saw a similar phenomenon in heart tissue from Covid-19 patients’ autopsies. 

Their experiments could potentially explain why some people still feel short of breath after their Covid infections clear and add to worries that survivors may be at risk for future heart failure.

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