Coronavirus and Your Lungs
Sars-cov-2 is a virus that causes novel coronavirus 19 and belongs to the coronavirus family.
When the virus enters your body, it will contact the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth and eyes. The virus enters healthy cells and uses the cells to make new viral parts. It reproduces and new viruses infect nearby cells.
Think of your respiratory tract as an upside down tree. The trunk is your windpipe or windpipe. It splits into smaller and smaller branches in your lung. At the end of each branch is a small air sac called a alveolus. This is where oxygen enters the blood and carbon dioxide is discharged.
This novel coronavirus can infect the upper or lower respiratory tract. It spreads along your respiratory tract. Lining may be irritated and inflamed. In some cases, the infection can go all the way to the alveoli.
2019 coronavirus disease is a new disease. Scientists are learning about its effects on the lungs every day. They believe that the impact on the body is similar to the other two coronavirus diseases, namely severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (mers).