On the 16th, Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital successfully completed autopsy on two patients who died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The report will be released in 10 days to provide some clues about the cause of death.
The autopsy results have been sent for further examination for researchers to study the pathology of COVID-19 to understand the pathogenicity and lethality of the disease and better treat patients in critical or severe conditions.
“We will study how the virus distributes in the patient’s body and where it exactly attacks, so we can know what to do to intervene and defend the patient from the virus’ further possible attack,” said Prof. Liu Liang with Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.
In response to the anatomy of the general situation of patients with Covid-19, Zhong Nanshan, an academician of the Continental Academy of Engineering, revealed that “there is no severe fibrosis and there is a lot of mucus.” The lungs of patients with Covid-19 are different from those infected by the SARS virus.
According to CCTV (Chinese Central Television), mainland China finally completed the autopsy of the first patient who died of Covid-19 at 3 am on February 16, and successfully obtained the pathology of Covid-19. At 6:45 pm on the same day. The autopsy of the body of a second patient who died of Covid-19 was also successfully completed at Jinyintan Hospital. The two anatomy and pathology have been submitted for examination.
On the 18th, Zhong Nanshan responded that the anatomy of the body is very important. During the SARS epidemic 17 years ago, the anatomy of the body provided valuable information to study its damage to the lungs and other organs.
He revealed that the lung of patients with Covid-19 is different from those infected with SARS. “The fibrosis in the lungs is not so severe as we expected. The final results have not come out yet. It seems that some alveoli are still there, but the inflammation is very severe and there is a lot of sticky mucus. This causes difficulty in breathing. Related research is still ongoing. “
There is an abnormally long delay in conducting autopsies on Covid-19 patients given the severity of the epidemic. This became another reason for people to suspect that the Chinese government is hiding information.
According to posts on social media, bodies of Covid-19 patients were sent to crematorium right away without formal funerals. It is hard to believe that there could be any shortage of bodies donated for autopsy.