Zoonotic coronaviruses, ones that hopped from animals to humans like SARS and MERS, can spark a viral-induced fire throughout many of a person’s organs, and the new disease, COVID-19, is no exception when it is severe.
But what actually happens to your body when it is infected by the coronavirus? The new strain is so genetically similar to SARS that it has inherited the title SARS-CoV-2. So combining early research on the new outbreak with past lessons from SARS and MERS can provide an answer. From blood storms to honeycomb lungs, here’s an organ-by-organ look at how COVID-19 harms humans.
FULL STORY: National Geographic