- Cough, fever and loss of smell and taste are common symptoms of Covid 19 infection.
- But studies show that the symptoms can be extremely diverse. The virus is able to attack almost every area of the body.
- For example, infected people can also get rashes, intestinal damage or urological difficulties in the course of an illness.
At the end of 2019, the first reports of a virus disease that had broken out in China were circulating. At that time, there was little information about the symptoms and course of the disease of Covid-19. Flu-like signs could indicate contagion, it was only said at the time.
But since the pathogen also spread to the rest of the world, medical professionals are gaining new insights into the novel corona virus almost every day. The list of symptoms is getting longer – from brain swellings to the so-called “Covid toe”. The virus appears to be able to attack almost every area of the body.
Autopsy shows that blood clots often lead to death
The World Health Organization mentions fever, dry cough, fatigue and shortness of breath as the most common symptoms of Covid 19 disease. The German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) adds sore throat, general weakness, a runny nose, diarrhea and body aches to this list.
According to the RKI, disorders of the sense of smell and taste are also among the most common symptoms of a Sars-CoV-2 infection. The senses return in most infected people a few weeks after recovery, according to a study by the University of California.
A recent Covid-19 autopsy showed that the virus often causes blood clots in critically ill people. This in turn can lead to fatal pulmonary embolism. An increasing number of doctors are therefore opting for anticoagulants in the treatment of people suffering from Covid 19, as NewsABC.net reported.
Studies indicate skin changes as a result of Covid-19
But other – sometimes life-threatening – symptoms also seem to be related to the virus. This can lead to strokes, brain swellings and heart damage, reports the “Spiegel” with reference to several Covid-19 studies. Urological complications can also result from an infection. A Chinese research team came to this conclusion.
Bowel damage can also occur. A US study found that 31 percent of patients who received a CT image as a result of Covid-19 infection had abnormalities on the intestinal wall.
Even some skin problems are now part of the symptoms of Covid-19. A study from Spain, which examined 375 people infected with Sars-CoV-2, showed that rashes, hives or swollen toes that resemble frostbite can also be used to indicate the pathogen. The phenomenon is now often referred to as “Covid toe”. Other studies from China and Italy also indicated skin changes associated with a coronavirus infection.
Seriously ill children show symptoms of Kawasaki syndrome
Reports of severe Covid 19 disease history in children have also caused a stir recently. Dozens of children had been hospitalized in New York. These showed symptoms that resembled the rare Kawasaki syndrome. They suffered from rash, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. Kawasaki syndrome mainly occurs in young children and leads to inflammation of the vascular walls.
The variety of symptoms can be explained by the large number of infected people. “With a widespread disease, even rare complications often occur,” quotes “Spiegel”, infectiologist Babak Javid from Cambridge University Hospital. Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University reports the number of confirmed Covid 19 cases worldwide at 4.6 million. However, the number of people actually infected could be much higher, Javid suspects.
“CovTech”: These German startups develop solutions for the corona crisis
ComedGenekam Biotechnology was founded in 1999 and is based in Duisburg. The company has around 50 employees and develops a number of new solutions in nanomedicine.
According to their own statements, they are the first company to have developed a rapid test to identify the SARS virus, which can distinguish the currently circulating Covid 19 virus from other variants.
With a partner from the USA, Genekam is also working on the development of a vaccine against the virus.
CiveyIn January 2015, Gerrit Richter and Janina Mütze founded the company Civey, which is based in Berlin. The company now employs 62 people.
The company claims to conduct representative internet opinion polls, free of charge and in real time. Numerous websites such as “Tagesspiegel”, “Spiegel Online” or “Die Welt” publish the surveys on their platforms. At the moment, the website shows almost exclusively surveys regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the results of which are used by many information service providers.
anvilMadjid Salimi revolutionized the transfer of knowledge in medicine with Anvil when he founded the platform in December 2012.
The program combines learning software for medical students and a reference work for doctors, which is constantly updated with new information by 243 employees. Amboss also supports medical students and doctors on its platform with a Covid 19 initiative and provides reliable information for this purpose. It also offers students an online semester and Covid 19 training.
Ada HealthThe Ada Health app offers personalized symptom analysis. The company was founded by Clairo Novorol, Martin Hirsch and Daniel Nathrath and was launched in 2011. It currently employs over 200 people.
The health app is based in Berlin and London. The health company has been carrying out symptom analyzes worldwide since 2016 and, with medical knowledge and innovative technology, helps people to actively take care of their health. It also provides specialist support and reliable, up-to-date information about the corona virus.
ScoutbeeGregor Stühler, Lee Galbraith and Fabian Heinrich are the founders of Scoutbee, which is based in Würzburg and now has offices in Berlin and Arlington.
The company, which was founded in 2015, now employs around 100 people. The platform offers a simple and intelligent supplier search. The business-to-business platform is based on artificial intelligence and big data.
In the Corona crisis, Scoutbee provides support for setting up a Covid 19 emergency supply chain.
Ingmar Hoerr founded the company CureVac in 2000.
More than 450 employees work together to optimize mRNA therapy and to develop new drugs and vaccines.
In the fight against corona, the company is currently focusing on the development of an mRNA-based coronavirus
In 2008 Ugur Sahin, Christoph Huber and Özlem Türeci founded BioNTech based in Mainz.
Over 1,000 employees work on the development and manufacture of technologies and medicines for individualized cancer immunotherapies.
BioNTech is also currently working on a coronavirus vaccine.