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Hypokalemia, the low level of electrolyte potassium in the blood, is present in almost all COVID-19 patients.

Research articles by PGIMER Chandigarh and the Washington State Department of Health observed that most COVID-19 patients prevalently had hypokalemia.

Research articles by PGIMER Chandigarh and the Washington State Department of Health observed that most COVID-19 patients prevalently had hypokalemia.A study by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh published by the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice on 29 March 2020 has stated that the severe and critically ill patients with COVID-19 had a higher prevalence of hypokalemia (low potassium) that resulted from renal (related to kidneys) potassium wasting. It results in a decrease in degradation of angiotensin-II, increased aldosterone secretion and subsequent increased urinary potassium loss.

The research report by the Washington State Health Department also explained that it had compared electrolyte levels between COVID-19 patients with and without the severe form of COVID-19 and found that severity of hypokalemia may be associated with lower serum concentrations of sodium, potassium and calcium.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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