Pathology results studying those who have died of covid-19 are starting to unveil some of the virus’ secrets.
First, the damage done to the lungs is far worse than that done anywhere else in the body. And specifically, it’s excessive clotting in the lungs that appears to be the root cause. Covid-19 causes a coagulation storm that greatly impairs the lungs’ ability to exchange oxygen.
An indicator called the Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) score is emerging as a key predictor of how fatal a covid-19 case will be. If the patient has a DIC score in excess of 5, then odds of a bad outcome dramatically increase.
Treating covid-19 patients, even those with mild symptoms, with anticoagulants may be part of the standard regimen going forward.
In other news, the Federal Reserve is up to its old tricks of bailing out those who deserve it least while worsening the wealth inequality divide. And looking at oil, which is now at the staggeringly low price of $20/barrel, Chris predicts hard economic times ahead.
Which makes the Fed’s actions really look like grab for cash before everything goes to hell. A last-ditch effort by the rich to get all they can — a pure wealth transfer from us to them. Maddening…