How does the body react to shock due to minor injuries or illness?

When someone is injured or ill, these normal body functions may be interrupted.

In cases of minor injury or illness, this interruption is brief and the body is able to recover quickly.

With more severe injuries or illnesses, the body may be unable to adjust.

Shock occurs because the body is unable to meet demand for oxygen and blood fails to circulate adequately.

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