COVID-19 has been found to tend to affect blood cells. This is stated in a study published in the scientific publication Biophysical Journal.
The study involved physicians from the Max Planck Center for Physics and Medicine and the German Center for Immunotherapy. The researchers used data from 17 patients with different phases of the coronavirus, 14 recovering patients, and 24 healthy people in the control group. During the study, experts studied more than four million blood cells of patients and compared them with the indicators of healthy people.
It turned out that the coronavirus can directly change the structure of blood cells. “We found significant changes in the stiffness of lymphocytes, the size of monocytes, the size and deformability of neutrophils, as well as the heterogeneity of the deformation and size of red blood cells,” the German doctors stressed. The described changes can cause an increased risk of vascular occlusion and pulmonary embolism, as well as affect oxygen deficiency.
It is specified that the influence of a dangerous disease is heterogeneous. In some patients, the condition of blood cells returned to their original level a few months after recovery, while the recovery of other patients was significantly delayed.