He added that the researchers had discovered that the deadly virus caused much more than pneumonia.
“It penetrates the endothelium 【couche of cellules】, which is the blood vessels’ line of defense. So it knocks down your own immune system and causes microcirculation problems,” referring to the circulation in the smallest blood vessels.
It then reduces the blood flow to different parts of the body and eventually stops the blood circulation.
“From what we see clinically, patients have problems in every organ – in the heart, kidneys, intestine, everywhere,” he said.
This also explains why smokers and people with pre-existing conditions that have weakened endothelial function or unhealthy blood vessels are more vulnerable to the new virus.