July 3, 2022

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Why corona patients need to be ventilated for so long

In patients with severe corona disease, the lungs cannot function: they are so badly damaged that the body cannot absorb enough oxygen from the air. So the victims need to be ventilated for a long time. German scientists, in collaboration with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), have now discovered why in a study.

For many people with severe corona, the lungs are abnormally scarred. Like the researchers in the magazine “Go” Write, scavenging cells of the immune system play an important role. Corona lung failure is therefore similar to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which is a form of lung scar that has not yet been cured. According to the researchers, this explains why the lungs of corona patients remain inactive for so long – and why they need to be artificially ventilated.

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