Doctors are learning more about the effects of COVID-19 as the pandemic continues, including damage to the kidneys, heart, intestines, liver, and brain. But in an “unprecedented” discovery, COVID-19 patients are also developing potentially fatal blood clots.
Blood clots are a serious complication, and they can cause heart attacks and strokes. Some doctors even found COVID-19 patients were developing blood clots while on blood thinners, according to the Washington Post, and patients have developed clots in both their legs and lungs. Those clots could be responsible for some at-home COVID-19 deaths.
The level of blood clotting in COVID-19 patients appears to be unusually high. A study published in the journal “Thrombosis Research” found that an “alarming” 30% of COVID-19 patients developed blood clots.
COVID-19 mainly affects the respiratory system, and doctors are unsure of what the relation between COVID-19 and blood clots is. Doctors have noted it could be a result of an overactive immune system, but more research is needed to make a definitive conclusion.