Blood clots are the first reason patients need intensive care and have to be attached to respirators. In fact, about a third of corona patients develop these fatal blood clots," he said. "As the patient's condition deteriorates, we see a higher concentration of the protein in their blood."
Seriously ill corona patients need respiratory disease because of respiratory failure, which involves damage to small, sacs in the lungs called alveoli that are responsible for transferring oxygen from the air into the blood. There are billions of such sacs in the lungs; once they become filled with fluids, oxygen cannot reach the tissues and organs of the body.