Dr. Daniel Griffin is a doctor in NYC and gives a weekly update on TWiV (this week in virology). This is his latest update:
There are three phases of a covid-19 infection, and the last phase is the so-called inflammatory phase (aka “cytokine” phase).
In one of his updates (not the one I posted), he discussed a husband (55) and wife who went to a funeral. They both got covid-19. The wife for the second phase got much sicker and entered the hospital. The husband seemed less sick and did not go into the hospital. The wife ended up recovering. The husband, who seemed to be doing well, died of a heart attack during the third phase.
We just learned of a woman in our town. She was 48. She got covid-19, seemed to get it not that badly, seemed to recover. She went back to work, but in the third phase of covid-19, had a stroke and died. She was slightly overweight, but had no known issues. She leaves behind her teen children and husband.
We are stunned, since she was so young and apparently healthy and worked in the local school.
This is one of the many problems with covid-19: not only is it incredibly sneaky (you can be asymptomatic and transmit the disease), but because it has an inflammation phase, anyone susceptible to inflammation is susceptible to possible severe effects.