More than 81,000 people around the world have died, close to 300,000 have recovered and nearly 1.5 million people have been infected with the potentially-deadly coronavirus. And one case of infection – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – has revealed the “slow burn” nature of the disease, co-host of the ABC’s Coronacast podcast, Dr Norman Swan, said on this morning’s episode. The 55-year-old’s health has deteriorated significantly as he enters the second week of being diagnosed with COVID-19 – typical of what’s called the “second-week crash”, Dr Swan explained. “This is the reason why we try and reduce the coronavirus in the community as much as possible, because it’s relatively unpredictable who in the younger age groups get it, and they don’t necessarily have to have other diseases or diagnoses.” RELATED: Follow the latest coronavirus updates British PM Boris Johnson’s sudden deterioration in condition is what’s called the ‘second-week crash’. Picture: AFPSource:AFP Mr Johnson’s experience shows the dangers people often face in the later stages of trying to fight off the virus, Dr Swan said. Director of critical-care research at Montefiore Medical Centre, Michelle Gong, said in a Q&A with the Journal of the American Medical AssociationCOVID-19 patients often seem… Read full this story
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