Virus finds new way to strike at humanity’s heart

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Virus finds new way to strike at humanity’s heart

Recent discoveries show the pandemic creates a ‘perfect storm for the heart’, raising a red flag for stroke

Senior science reporter

It was only a few days ago that Dr Farai Dube, a Johannesburg cardiologist, could put on his takkies once more and hit the streets for a heart-pumping run.

“I was one of the first doctors in the country to get this infection,” he said of his Covid-19 ordeal in April, recalling the “generalised body aches, fevers and shortness of breath” that kept him housebound for three weeks.

What interested him most were the palpitations he experienced, and he has since delved into the mysterious world of Covid-19’s effect on the heart, one of the major moving targets of the virus...

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