The Shocking Coronavirus Symptoms That Could Last for Years

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5. Kidney Damage

Kidney Disease

Though largely thought to be a virus targeting the lungs, coronavirus patients are also showing signs of kidney damage.

Kidney specialist Dr. C. John Sperati reports that COVID-19 could cause kidney damage in several ways. First, the novel coronavirus appears to be seeking out kidney cells and attaching to kidney receptors. The virus can then breach the kidney cell walls and make copies of itself, damaging cell tissue from the inside.

Also, low oxygen in the blood during the infection can hinder kidney function for the long term. And the immune system’s battle against coronavirus can cause overly aggressive cytokine storms that destroy kidney tissue.

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