Doctor shares how people die from the virus.

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A doctor working on the COVID-19 frontline in Wales has shared a disturbing description of how someone can die after contracting the virus.

Speaking to the UK’s Channel 4, Dr David Hepburn, who is an Intensive Care Consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital, shared what death from the coronavirus can look like without intervention.

“What we know is primarily the coronavirus causes respiratory failure. So when it spreads to the lungs, it causes what we call a pneumonitis, where the lungs become very wet and waterlogged inside. So the normal mechanisms that keep fluid in the blood break down. The little membranes and tissues and the bases of the lungs become porous, and that allows fluid to leak in from the circulation into the lungs, almost like drowning,” he explained.

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