As the days go on, African Americans continue to get hit harder and be affected by the coronavirus more than anyone else.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Back in early April, it was reported that black people who catch COVID-19 die at higher rates than everyone else.
Now, it’s being reported that blood clots in the lungs are being found in African American COVID-19 victims.
According to a study done by a team of pathologists from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, the autopsies on 10 different African American COVID-19 victims, had blood clots in their lungs.
According to ABC News, the autopsies were the first series on African Americans who sadly, succumbed to the virus.
“We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients,” said head of pathology research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, Dr. Richard Vander Heiden, in a statement. “We also found elevated levels of D-dimers— fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19.”
The report also reveals that “vessel clotting” has recently been found to be directly linked to COVID-19.
“Our study presents a large series of autopsies within a specific demographic experiencing the highest rate of adverse outcomes within the United States,” said co-author of the study, Dr. Sharon Fox.
The studied patients consisted of both black men and women who ranged from 40 to 70 in age. The study also reported that co-morbidities were found in “many” of them, such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.
According to the news outlet, within all 10 cases, “the patients had experienced sudden respiratory decompensation or collapse at home approximately three to seven days after developing a mild cough and fever.”