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Alarming virtual reality video shows how lungs infected with coronavirus look

A doctor at George Washington University Hospital in the US wants everyone to know how coronavirus can damage your lungs.

In an alarming video using virtual reality technology, a COVID-19 patient's lungs can be seen covered in a yellowy-green substance.

The imaging is taken from a male patient, who is in his 50s, after his condition worsened and had to be transferred to George Washington Hospital in Washington DC, US, from another area hospital.

He initially had a fever and a non-productive cough like many other people, but the virus then attacked his respiratory systems to the point where he had to be intubated and put on the ventilator.

Dr Keith Mortman, chief of thoracic surgery at the hospital, spoke in a podcast: "So what you're seeing in the video, essentially the blue part is the more normal lung, but anything you're seeing yellow is lung that's being destroyed by the virus.

"It's quite alarming to see, in all honesty, because unlike your garden variety pneumonia that might affect only one small part of the lung or unlike the common flu, what you're seeing in this video is really the widespread diffuse damage to the lung.

"This is something the general public can take a look at and really start to comprehend how severe the amount of damage this is causing the lung tissue.

"The damage we’re seeing is not isolated to any one part of the lung. This is severe damage to both lungs diffusely."

The VR model was produced in partnership with a company known as Surgical Theater, using a coronavirus patient's CAT scan, according to ABC News.

"It's really to educate them," Dr Mortman added.

"I really want them to be able to see this and to really understand the damage that's being done to the lungs – the severity of the disease that this is causing.

"So perhaps, maybe they think twice before having a house party or going outside to large groups."

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