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This is What Your Lungs Look Like With COVID-19

"Unfortunately, once damaged to this degree, the lungs can take a long time to heal."

3. 26. 20 / Victor Tangermann
George Washington University Hospital
Image by George Washington University Hospital

The George Washington University Hospital in DC has released a 3D video of a 59-year-old male coronavirus patient’s lungs just days after showing no symptoms at all.

The video itself shows extensive damage and inflammation shown in yellow. A pair of healthy lungs would show no yellow areas at all.

The patient now needs a ventilator to breathe and a separate machine to circulate and oxygenate his blood.

“This is not a 70, 80-year-old immunosuppressed, diabetic patient,” Keith Mortman, the chief of thoracic surgery at George Washington University Hospital, told CNN. “Other than high blood pressure, he has no other significant medical issues. This is a guy who’s minding his own business and gets it.”


“For these patients who essentially present in progressive respiratory failure, the damage to the lungs is rapid and widespread,” Mortman told CNN. “Unfortunately, once damaged to this degree, the lungs can take a long time to heal. For approximately 2-4 percent of patients with Covid-19, the damage is irreversible and they will succumb to the disease.”

“I want people to see this and understand what this can do,” Mortman said. “People need to take this seriously.”

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