Is it true that the Coronavirus is ultimately not a respiratory virus, but rather a blood disease?

Indeed, attacks the lining of blood vessels throughout the , which can lead to multi-organ failure, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

“This virus doesn’t attack the lungs, it attacks the vessels everywhere,” said Frank Ruschitzka, an author of the article from the Hospital of Zurich.

He added that the researchers had 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 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 with pre-existing conditions that have weakened endothelial function or unhealthy blood vessels are more vulnerable to the new virus.