Posted on March 20th, 2020
As their respiratory and immune system are very poor, people suffering from pulmonary fibrosis have a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus. They are also more likely to develop health complications from the new virus, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome or heart attack.
As a disease which occurs when there is serious tissue scarring in the lungs, pulmonary fibrosis affects between 30,000 and 40,000 people in the U.S. every year. One of the causes of pulmonary fibrosis is occupational asbestos exposure which took place in environments such as shipyards, power plants, textile mills, oil refineries and chemical plants. When one breathes in asbestos fibers, they will attach themselves to the lungs, remaining there forever, and gradually producing inflammation and tissue scarring.
Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people around the world so far and the number of new cases is increasing every day.
The demographics which are at high risk of severe health complications or even death are the elderly, children and people who struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Because coronavirus targets the respiratory system, pulmonary fibrosis patients have a greater chance of developing health complications if they contract the virus, as their lungs, as well as their immune system, are already damaged.
When the condition of your lungs is poor, you have more chances of contracting the virus, which may have dire health consequences. Thereby, you will experience the symptoms of coronavirus, which include shortness of breath, fever and a lingering cough, to their most intense rate. If you fail to follow the appropriate hygiene rules and protective measures, you can become infected with the virus very easily because of your weak health. However, the symptoms of coronavirus are very similar to those of pulmonary fibrosis, so it may be difficult to differentiate between the two conditions. Therefore, if you experience more persistent symptoms than usual, please seek medical attention immediately.
Infection with coronavirus can occur in the upper or lower part of the respiratory system. When it develops in the latter, the likelihood of coming to suffer from terrible health complications, such as a new type of pneumonia, which stems only from the virus, is very high if you also struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Cardiac complications are also very common with coronavirus. Other awful complications it may cause include:
Since coronavirus has reached nearly every part of the world by now, it may seem impossible to protect yourself from contracting it. Nevertheless, by following the simple rules below, you will remain safe and thereby have a lower risk of being diagnosed with the virus:
If your diagnosis is a consequence of occupational asbestos exposure, you have the right to take legal action and seek financial compensation for your physical and emotional distress. Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious disease with no cure which affects your daily life to a great extent. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to file a claim with the asbestos trust funds of the companies whose products you handled on the job with the help of a specialized attorney.
A lawyer whose main area of practice involves asbestos exposure cases will be able to provide you with quality legal assistance and eventually obtain the maximum amount of money you are eligible for. Not only will seeking compensation help you afford better healthcare and treatment, but it will also hold the liable party responsible for their negligent actions.