Shocking X-rays of Chinese man, 44, killed by coronavirus show how disease destroys the lungs – The Sun

THESE shocking X-ray images and scans of a man killed by coronavirus reveal how the deadly disease ravages its victims' lungs.

The Chinese patient, who worked at the Wuhan seafood market thought to be the origin of the outbreak, was just 44 years old when he died from the virus.

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And now doctors are sharing scans of his lungs to reveal the true extent of the damage Covid-19 can cause.

The man was admitted to hospital on December 25 2019 after suffering from a fever and cough for almost two weeks.

Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

He was treated by medics but died just one week later.

His scans, released by the Radiological Society of North America, show show white patches in the lower corners of his lungs which indicates the partial filling of air spaces.

And when comparing image A to image F, it shows how the fluid in the spaces of the man's lungs became more pronounced over time.

Doctors say such abnormalities identified are similar to those found in patients suffering from previous outbreaks severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Both are also classified as coronaviruses and SARS resulted in 8,000 cases and 774 deaths in China from November 2002 to July 2003.

Other scans of a 54-year-old woman who caught the coronavirus after travelling to Wuhan, China, also show the same partial filling of air spaces.

The woman was diagnosed with severe pneumonia caused by the virus after developing a fever, cough, fatigue and chest congestion.

She had the symptoms for a week and was given oxygen and antibiotics.

Similarly, the scan of a 45-year-old woman from Sichuan Province in China who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Japan shows white patches and a 'reversed halo sign' in the left upper lobe of her lung.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic yesterday – as the number of patients struck down by the disease surged above 112,000.

There are currently 460 cases in the UK with eight confirmed deaths.

Health bosses say the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands with soap and water for the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.

Happy Birthday takes about 20 seconds to sing twice and is said to be the perfect number to clean your hands to thoroughly.

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