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CoVID19 update (unknown Source)

Covid-19 🦠 Update:* Deaths from Covid-19 are due to (1) cytokine storm syndrome and (2) fulminant myocarditis. During a cytokine storm, an excessive immune response ravages healthy lung tissue, leading to acute respiratory distress and multi-organ failure. All Covid-19 patients sick enough for hospitalization should be given a serum ferritin blood test. Elevated serum ferritin values are a good first screening tool for the possibility of a cytokine storm syndrome in sick patients with high fevers. Treating Covid-19 infected patients with cytokine storm syndrome with IL-6 blockade (tocilizumab) has recently been reported in China with successful outcomes. Fulminant myocarditis has also been reported in patients with Covid-19. Fulminant myocarditis is primarily caused by infection with viruses. It arises quickly, progresses rapidly, and may lead to severe heart failure or circulatory failure presenting as rapid-onset hypotension and cardiogenic shock, with mortality rates as high as 50%–70%. Physicians should pay attention not only to the symptoms of respiratory dysfunction but also the symptoms of cardiac injury.


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