The COVID-19 pandemic causes severe complications in some patients including blood clotting and multi-organ failure. Patients with underlying conditions like diabetes obesity or high blood pressure are at a higher risk of these complications. Now according to researchers at the University of Utah changes in blood platelets triggered by COVID-19 may contribute to the onset of heart attacks strokes and other serious complications in some patients who have the disease. The researchers found that inflammatory proteins produced during infection significantly alter the function of platelets. This makes them hyperactive and more prone to form dangerous and potentially deadly blood clots.