A few days ago, The New York Times published material from emergency physician Richard Levitan, in which he shares his observations about pneumonia caused by coronavirus. He watched various patients with confirmed COVID-19 for 10 days and came to quite alarming conclusions: it turns out that many patients who are asymptomatic with the virus started to have bilateral pneumonia of the lungs long before they felt at least some malaise or experienced problems with breathing. As a result, when pneumonia reached its peak and began to make itself felt - it was too late. Such patients must be connected to an artificial lung ventilation (IVL) device, which is sorely lacking throughout the world. But even mechanical ventilation at this stage may not help and the patient dies. It's all about the level of oxygen in the blood.


In his publication, Levitan says that during these 10 days he met with completely different patients. One of them was a man with a knife wound to his shoulder, who was “enlightened” with an X-ray for fear of lung collapse, and found COVID pneumonia. Other patients underwent computed tomography after falling injuries and were accidentally again exposed to COVID pneumonia. Approximately the same picture was observed in elderly patients who lost consciousness or in patients with diabetes mellitus. And what most surprised the doctors was the lack of complaints about breathing problems, although with similar pneumonia and oxygen levels well below normal, they simply could not help but appear.

Coronavirus Oxygen Blood Level


Practice shows that COVID pneumonia causes a form of oxygen deficiency. In this state, the level of oxygen in the blood falls below normal values. But the problem is that identifying this condition can be very difficult. With common pneumonia, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, or breathing pain begins. With the onset of these symptoms, the patient consults doctors who can quickly diagnose the disease and begin treatment . In the case of COVID pneumonia, there are no such symptoms, and the disease progresses rapidly.

Most patients experienced slightly different symptoms at an early stage: cough, fever, fatigue, or indigestion. There were no breathing problems. And with the onset of such problems, they immediately turned to doctors who diagnosed COVID pneumonia, which lasts more than one day. In the case of conventional pneumonia, patients are intubated in very severe conditions. They can be in shock, in an altered mental state, and wheeze. In the acute stages, a person may be unconscious or painfully strain all his muscles for a sigh. But patients with COVID pneumonia can have a critically low oxygen level in the blood and still talk on the phone calmly. But why is this happening

I will not go into medical terms, but try to explain in simple terms.COVID pneumonia causes inflammation, which leads to the destruction of the alveoli (small vesical structures) in the lungs and a decrease in the level of oxygen in the blood. At the same time, the lungs continue to maintain their elasticity and remove carbon dioxide. Without the accumulation of carbon dioxide, our body does not feel shortness of breath. To increase the level of oxygen in the blood, a person begins to breathe faster and deeper, without even realizing it. As a result, such a reaction causes even more inflammation and pneumonia is aggravated to such an extent that the level of oxygen in the blood begins to fall even more. Thus, the patient himself injures his lungs while breathing harder. In 20% of cases after this, the second stage of damage occurs, when fluid in the lungs accumulates more, they lose their elasticity, the level of carbon dioxide increases and a person begins to suffocate. At this moment, patients with COVID-pneumonia begin to see doctors, but the level of oxygen in the blood approaches a critical level and sometimes can only be savedconnection to a ventilator .Such cases explain cases of sudden death of a patient who do not feel breathing problems until the last moment.
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And here we go to the main thing.If a person knew about the level of oxygen in the blood or could always control it - this would definitely save more than one life. It turns out that such a device is also for home use. It is called a "pulse oximeter" and is able to track the pulse and oxygen level in the blood.Using it is very simple. The device is put on the tip of the finger, the button is pressed and after a few seconds you see the result on its screen. Such devices are often used by doctors to determine their own coronavirus at an early stage and take appropriate measures.
Of course, when conducting tests at home and getting results, you need to understand that only a specialist can give a final conclusion. Sometimes we can get values ​​slightly deviated from the norm after illnesses, chronic diseases, or as a result of the characteristics of the body.However, if you have been diagnosed with coronavirus, or if you have any associated symptoms, such as coughing, fever, weakness, etc. measuring the level of oxygen in the blood is definitely not superfluous.