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Source: COVID-19 Research  Apr 13, 2020  6 months ago
INTERESTING READ: Could Epstein-Barr Virus Explain Why Certain COVID-19 Patients Manifest Certain Symptoms While Others Are Asymptomatic?
INTERESTING READ: Could Epstein-Barr Virus Explain Why Certain COVID-19 Patients Manifest Certain Symptoms While Others Are Asymptomatic?
Source: COVID-19 Research  Apr 13, 2020  6 months ago
COVID-19 Research: When we are dealing with a new virus that there has not been much data or information till the last few 14 weeks, we should keep our options open when we are dealing with theories and hypothetic explanations as to date we have no confirmed prevention or treatment protocols nor vaccines except for lots of experimental drugs that have yet to have any proper clinical studies to support its use and all the treatment protocols currently being used are questionable especially when some emerging studies indicate that maybe some of these are actually contributing to the death rates.


 
One of the things that have baffled researchers to date is as to why certain COVID-19 infected individuals exhibit symptoms while other do not.
 
Some of the main symptoms include fever, sore dry throats, coughs, abdominal pains and sometimes gastrointestinal problems. These normally appear or might not appear in infected COVID-19 patients before the onset of ‘pneumonia’ and hypoxia along with sepsis and organ failure as the disease progresses in critical patients.
 
Thailand Medical News has been curious and also inspired by a new study that was released by medical researchers from Wuhan University Renmin Hospital lead by Dr Ting Chen that indicated in majority of infected COVID019 patients that were treated were found to be positive for Epstein-Barr Virus. https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-21580/v1
 
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is a member of the herpes virus family. It is one of the most common human viruses. EBV is found all over the world. Most people get infected with EBV at some point in their lives.
 
It is believed that between 25 to 78 percent (a wide range and depends on geographical locations) of people in various countries are infected and are carriers of this herpes virus which normally remains dormant.
 
Typically symptoms of a person infected with EBV are usually fever, sore throats and sometimes dry coughs along with gastrointestinal issues as well.
 
From the research findings, Thailand Medical News wonders if somehow, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the COVOD-19 disease maybe somehow lowers an individual’s immunity, leading the Epstein-Barr virus to be reactivated and manifesting the symptoms.
 
If this is true, it could explain as to why some people are asymptomatic while others are not.
 
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has many modes of ‘attacking’ to the human host cells and once inside it secretes are variety of other proteins not needed for its replication but of which experts are just only starting to study these. Some of these proteins can affect the various cellular pathways of various critical functions in the body including the immunity system.
 
As the SARS-CoV-2 viral load increases in the body, not only does affect the immunity system but through it “attacks” via the ACE2 receptors, it affects cells in organs like the lungs, kidneys, heart, gastrointestinal tract and even the male gonads. New studies are also s howing that it affects the red blood cells, causing hypoxia.
 
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is also able to ‘attack’ the nervous system even in the early stages often leading to loss of smell and even taste in some individuals, to even headaches and confusion in some.
 
Medical researchers should keep a lookout on all merging studies even if they are not peer-reviewed yet and instead of criticizing it, study it and conduct further research to see if it is right or wrong.
 
The problem with why we are seeing a huge rise of cases in the US and Europe also deaths there is dues to a variety of factors, and one is also due to the fact that many Western Medical ‘experts’ think that they know it all and often discount opinions or studies from the East or other nations or even from their own researchers and doctors.
 
We at Thailand Medical News hope that more real medical experts in the West would be open to exploring this opinion and study.
 
For the latest emerging research on COVID-19, keep logging on to Thailand Medical News.
 
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