Shocking x-ray shows lungs with and without covid-19
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A doctor in the US has exposed the dangers of COVID-19 with startling X-rays of his patients’ lungs. They show the state of the vital organs of one infected person who has been protected by a vaccine – and their lungs appear in tip-top shape. Unfortunately for another patient, who is said to have not been vaccinated, their lungs have been ravaged by the coronavirus.
According to Dr Ghassan Kamel, director of the Medical ICU at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital in Missouri, healthy lungs are meant to appear black on X-rays.
The dark contrast from tissue and bones indicates the lungs are full of oxygen and performing well.
But this is not the case in a person who has not been vaccinated before catching the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Their lungs appear milky-white on the X-rays, indicating issues such as extensive damage and scarring, a buildup of mucus as well as a lack of sufficient oxygen.
Covid vaccine: The difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated lungs (Image: GETTY/KSDK NEWS)
Covid vaccine: The milky-white colour indicates damage and lack of oxygen in the lungs (Image: KSDK NEWS)
Dr Kamel warned patients with such as degree of damage would most likely need to be hooked up to an oxygen tank.
In worst-case scenarios, Covid patients need to be put on life support as their lungs simply struggle to keep them alive.
Speaking to KSDK News, Dr Kamel said: “With the X-ray looking like that, they’d definitely at least require oxygen and sometimes they would require more than just oxygen.
“They might require the ventilator or get intubated on mechanical ventilation, sedated, and basically on life support.”
Unfortunately, the expert added many of the patients under his care have not been vaccinated against Covid.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease, which means the coronavirus attacks the lungs.
The elderly and people with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the virus.
Covid vaccine: The vaccinated person’s lungs appear much clearer and healthier (Image: KSDK NEWS)
Covid vaccine: Some of the Covid jabs require two doses to be administered (Image: EXPRESS)
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop a serious case of Covid.
As of August 3, WHO data shows COVID-19 has infected more than 198.7 million people around the globe and has killed more than 4.2 million.
But there is a glimmer of hope: the world’s biggest vaccination effort is well underway.
Thanks to the likes of Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca millions of people worldwide have already been inoculated.
The latest figures published by Bloomberg on August 3 show more than 4.21 billion doses have been administered around the globe – more than half of the world’s population.
However, many of the vaccines need to be taken in two doses at least eight weeks apart, so there is still some way to go.
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Medical scientists are still unsure about the long-term effects Covid will have on infected people.
Here in the UK, government figures show nearly 60 percent of the population has already been vaccinated.
More than 46.8 million people have had their first jab and more than 38.5 million have had their second dose – a total of 85.48 million vaccines administered.
Health authorities worldwide have urged people to protect themselves and their loved ones by taking the vaccine.
However, Covid vaccines do not prevent carriers from spreading the virus – and there is a small percentage of people who have caught COVID-19 even after their jabs.
The NHS said: “There is a chance you might still get or spread COVID-19 even if you have a vaccine, so it’s important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19.”
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccines are your best bet against severe illness and death.
More importantly, however, health officials have stressed the vaccines are safe.
The CDC said: “Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.”
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