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Defenceless in Corona Central

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Nick is being treated for cancer and other issues.

I THINK I’ve discovered a cure for coronavirus. We should give some credit to the Irish Centre for Vascular Biology but I’ve provided the proof of their theoretical work.

Two weeks ago I ventured, defenceless, into the Covid-19 virus’s London HQ. Croydon University Hospital, by some accounts, is the worst-hit hospital in Britain.

Meanwhile, my body’s defences have been neutralised by chemotherapy and a flesh-eating ulcer. The drugs I am taking to kill cancer are indiscriminately wiping out any cells that look a bit too lively – which include my body’s natural defenders.

It turned out that three of the people I regularly see in this hospital have had coronavirus. My dermatologist, whom I was seeing every Tuesday, has been off sick for several weeks now. One of the nurses I met had just returned from corona sick leave. One of the doctors who examined me told me she was also treating corona patients.

So there’s me, not a single white blood cell to my name, in Corona Central.

The injury that put me in hospital – a torn thigh muscle that wouldn’t stop bleeding internally – was a product of my own stupidity. But it was exacerbated by a drug I inject myself with, Fragmin, which stops your blood from clotting. However this anti-coagulant might have saved me from one of coronavirus’s deadly effects.

According to haematologist Professor James O’Donnell, severe Covid-19 infection causes abnormal blood clotting, and the micro-clots within the lungs can be fatal. Patients with higher levels of blood clotting activity had a significantly worse prognosis, says O’Donnell, who is director of the Irish Centre for Vascular Biology and Consultant Haematologist in the National Coagulation Centre in Dublin’s St James’s Hospital.

Coronavirus causes hundreds of small blood clots throughout the lungs, and blood oxygen plummets. But not if you are on anti-coagulation drugs. Worth knowing, surely?

Further research on these findings will continue under the Irish COVID-19 Vasculopathy Study (iCVS). 

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Nick Booth
Nicholas Booth is the editor of OhThisBloodyComputer and a freelance technology writer

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