Cytokine storm killed youngest coronavirus victim in Kashmir
Srinagar, May 9: Doctors in Kashmir Valley have now started believing that out of 9 deaths occurred in Kashmir Valley only one can be directly attributed to the lethal Coronaviurs infection while rest of the patients died not only of Coronaviurs but of other conditions-known in medical terminology as co-morbidities.
Comorbidity in medical terminology means more than one disease or condition is present in the same person at the same time. Conditions described as comorbidities are often chronic or long-term conditions. Other names to describe comorbid conditions are coexisting or co-occurring conditions and sometimes also “multimorbidity” or “multiple chronic conditions.”
“You see, the patients who died so for in Jammu and Kashmir were suffering from comorbidity. In other word we can say that these patients were comorbit, that is, they were suffering from multiple ailments besides infected with Coronavirus. Some died due to Pneumonia, hypertension and heart ailment, but the death of young man from Srinagar at SMHS Hospital was not comorbid, but his death can be directly attributed to Coronavirus,” said a medico.
Pertinently, a 34 year old man (name withheld) from Kralpora-Hawal locality of Srinagar died within hours at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital. Doctors were shocked to witness his death.
“After getting admitted in the hospital, he died in a short span of time and there is reason to believe that the cause of his death was only the Coronavirus and he was not comorbid. The patients had developed cytokine storm, an immune system response wherein the body starts to attack its own cells and tissues rather than just fighting off the virus.”
Expressing shock over the death of the patient due to cytokine storm, renowned Pulmonologist and Head of Department, Chest Disease Hospital, Dr Naveed Shah tweeted: “Will send shivers across…. this is the danger, no comorbidities, no risk factors, and rapid deterioration. This is how dangerous it can be.”
Dr Naveed appealed authorities to restrict hospital visits and attendants in the hospital.
The Srinagar man, who was killed in cytokine storm, was infected after coming in contact with an attendant at Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) Shireenbagh Srinagar where he was taking care of his ailing father. (KNT)