The virus may be lingering around in the air while you are reading this. Scared? That is how we all are feeling these days. The virus attack has made us live a life of fear and isolation. Despite awareness, people following covid protocols and vaccination drive, coronavirus threat doesn’t seem to go anytime soon. Everyone wants to know when this virus would go and we will get back to our normal lives. This research has the answer to why it is taking longer to treat this lethal viral infection.
Profile of Coronavirus
One of the main factors of treating any infection or disease is the causing factor. In this case, it is the virus profile. As per researchers from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, the covid-19 virus has a unique infectious profile. This is why it is taking longer to scientists to decode it. Despite the recovery, some people are experiencing long covid symptoms that are part of the infectious profile.
The second reason is the area of infection. Generally, pathogens settle either in the upper respiratory tract or in the lower respiratory tract. However, coronavirus infects both and so, it becomes difficult to figure out the infection until it is spread.
Characteristics of COVID-19
There are multiple characteristics of this unique virus that are indefinite and challenging. Immune-inflammation, blood clotting, effect on multiple organs, etc. are some factors that aren’t common with other viruses. Besides, the driving of infection is different in humans and animals. This is why there is a huge mismatch of findings in experimentation and reality. This study is published in The Lancet.
Why COVID-19 treatment is difficult?
Due to the unique pathogen characteristics, long covid is a thing. Some people experience the symptoms of coronavirus infection longer than usual. Besides, some suffer lung damage due to this. Co-author of this study and Clinical Professor in Trinity College Ignacio Martin-Loeches said: “The emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus two (SARS-CoV-2), which causes Covid-19, has resulted in a health crisis not witnessed since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. Tragically, millions around the world have died already. Despite international focus on the virus, we are only just beginning to understand its intricacies. Based on growing evidence we propose that Covid-19 should be perceived as a new entity with a previously unknown infectious profile. It has its own characteristics and distinct pathophysiology and we need to be aware of this when treating people.”
“That doesn’t mean we should abandon existing best-practice treatments that are based on our knowledge of other human coronaviruses, but an unbiased, gradual assembly of the key Covid-19 puzzle pieces for different patient cohorts – based on sex, age, ethnicity, pre-existing comorbidities is what is need to modify the existing treatment guidelines, subsequently providing the most adequate care to Covid-19 patients,” he concluded.
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