The novel coronavirus infection may upset normal blood coagulation and cause thrombosis and vessel blockage, as well as skin manifestations, the rector of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Pyotr Glybochko, told TASS in an interview.
"We see some non-specific symptoms, such as skin manifestations. They are already well-known. In most cases there are erythematous changes in the limbs and also chest and stomach areas. Blood coagulation problems and thrombosis and embolism are other non-specific symptoms," he said.
Glybochko warned that patients with hypertonia, diabetes and excessive body weight tend to develop grave forms of the disease. "These health problems increase the risk of being infected and aggravate the course of the disease," he added.
The Sechenov University is a major international medical research institution founded in 1758. It offers a full cycle of educational programs for talented students from around the world and is a leader in the development and introduction of effective multi-disciplinary models and methodologies of medical education. It trains medical personnel for Russia and other countries in accordance with the cutting-edge world practice.
On instructions from the Russian government some clinics of the Sechenov University were reconfigured to provide medical assistance to patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.