Scientists Seeing Lung Damage in Asymptomatic COVID-19 Patients

Rebekah Sager
July 01, 2020 - 8:47 am
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    Scientists at Scripps Research Institute in San Diego have found that even the lungs of asymptomatic patients with COVID-19 showed lung damage. The scientists say this is the reason more testing needs to be done and they believe asymptomatic people may account for at least 40 to 45% of coronavirus cases.

    A medical examiner in Florida, who investigated the bodies of people infected with COVID-19 confirmed to Fox 5 Atlanta that the lung damage is he sees is extremely severe. He tells FOX 5 he's worried people aren't taking the virus seriously enough.

    “My gosh, I really don’t know how to say it without being gruesome, it just destroys the lungs,” Dr. Jon Thogmartin, the medical examiner for Pinellas and Pasco County in Florida said. “Let me just say that.”

    On Monday, LA County saw a record number of new daily COVID-19 cases and the number of hospitalizations.

    On Sunday, LA County Public Health agreed with the California Governor's directive to close down bars saying "the County Health Officer Order will be amended today to require that all bars, breweries, brewpubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in L.A. County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants." On Sunday, Gov. Newsom directed bars to close down in LA County and six other counties that have high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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