Coronavirus kills patients SILENTLY – even before they show symptoms

Thursday, April 23, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: Franz Walker
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Healthcare professionals now report that coronavirus (COVID-19) patients are dying due to life-threatening oxygen deprivation, even though they don’t show signs of breathing trouble. Dr. Richard Levitan, an emergency medicine practitioner at New York City’s Bellvue Hospital, recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times where he described a deadly phenomenon that he observed in COVID-19 patients with pneumonia.

Oxygen deprivation is a silent killer

Pneumonia fills up the air sacs in the lungs of an infected patient with fluid or pus. Normally, patients with pneumonia experience chest discomfort, pain with breathing and other breathing problems.

What Levitan and his colleagues noted, however, was people who tested developed pneumonia because of COVID-19 didn’t experience any of these even as their oxygen levels fell. By the time they do, they had developed hypoxia — the levels of oxygen in their bodies had fallen to alarmingly low levels. Normal oxygen saturation at sea level is about 94 to 100 percent. For these patients, however, their oxygen saturation had fallen as low as 50 percent.

The lack of the typical symptoms of pneumonia meant that, by the time some patients had come into the hospital, their pneumonia had already progressed to dangerous levels.

“To my amazement, most patients I saw said they had been sick for a week or so with fever, cough, upset stomach and fatigue, but they only became short of breath the day they came to the hospital,” said Dr. Levitan. “Their pneumonia had clearly been going on for days, but by the time they felt they had to go to the hospital, they were often already in critical condition.”

It also meant that they would often come across patients who had come in for other complaints but were later found to have COVID-19 pneumonia.

“The patient stabbed in the shoulder, whom we X-rayed because we worried he had a collapsed lung, actually had COVID pneumonia. In patients on whom we did CT scans because they were injured in falls, we coincidentally found COVID pneumonia. Elderly patients who had passed out for unknown reasons and a number of diabetic patients were found to have it,” explained Dr. Levitan in his op-ed.

Dealing with acute hypoxia, doctors are often forced to intubate patients, a procedure where a tube is inserted into a patient’s throat to allow them to be hooked up to a ventilator to help them breathe. Normally, patients who are intubated are either under extreme duress or unconscious. For the COVID-19 patients handled by Dr. Levitan, many were still fully aware of their surroundings and even using their cellphones when they were put on monitors.

Collapsed air sacs causing hypoxia

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