Health Updates: What is Ferroptosis!


COVID-19 Side Effects: Even after recovering from COVID-19 infection, the cases of deaths due to it do not seem to be decreasing. Recently, the truth of the vaccine Covishield causing heart attack and stroke was revealed. Now a study has revealed the reason behind lung damage and death in COVID patients.

Side effects of COVID-19 may still be present in patients who have recovered from the infection. Due to this, the cases of deterioration in health, heart attack, stroke, and lung failure, and deaths due to this are continuously increasing. 

A study published in the journal Nature Communication has revealed the reason behind lung damage in Covid patients. According to this, the lung cells of patients infected with COVID-19 start dying rapidly. Due to this, life-threatening conditions like swelling in the lungs and acute respiratory disorders can arise. Researchers have also reported that by preventing ferroptosis, new methods can be developed to treat lung diseases caused by Covid-19.

What is Ferroptosis 

Cell death is a natural process where cells stop functioning. During cell death, the molecules inside the cell break down. This process occurs naturally in humans with illness or aging. But ferroptosis is an abnormal form of cell death in which the outer fat layers of the cells break down and they start dying and the lungs become weak. 

Sample taken from dead body


Researchers from America's Columbia University have conducted this study. They analyzed the tissues of patients who lost their lives due to respiratory system failure caused by Covid-19. Additionally, the tissues of hamsters were also analyzed in the study.

Relation of COVID-19 and Ferroptosis 

The results of the study show that the amount of ferroptosis in the lungs of patients severely affected by COVID-19 is much higher than normal. This is the reason why their lungs suffer so much damage. 

Treatment for COVID-19 may be found 

Researchers hope that the development of drugs that inhibit ferroptosis can be of great help in the treatment of COVID-19. This study is still in its early stages and more research is needed on drugs targeting ferroptosis. However, this study shows a new direction for the treatment of Covid-19.