Silent Infection That is Killing Coronavirus Patients

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Health Editor’s Note: For many patients with COVID-19 pneumonia, the first day they have the shortness of breath that has brought them to the ER, they are already severely ill.  COVID-19 pneumonia patients do not act like typical pneumonia patients. 

Patients with COVID-19 pneumonia which produces very low levels of oxygen in the blood, are alert, presenting with limited levels of distress, and talking on their phones.  A typical non-Covid-19 pneumonia patient, will be confused, gasping for breath, and perhaps even unconscious. 

A COVID-19 pneumonia patient will be alert but have horrible xrays and very low oxygen levels in the blood. A surprise so to speak when much of initial diagnosis is observation of how the patient is feeling and responding to his or her illness.  Although the COVID-19 patient will not be receiving much oxygen, due to the pneumonia, the lungs will have enough function to get rid of the carbon dioxide. Higher levels of carbon dioxide give a person the shortness of breath symptom of lung involvement. Near normal levels of carbon dioxide in the blood will eliminate the telling “shortness of breath” symptom.

We are faced with normal/usual medial observations being of little use in treating a COVID-19 pneumonia patient. Increasingly we hear that this is like a disease no one has ever seen before. By the time a patient is having trouble breathing and  makes it to the ER, their lungs are so damaged that they must go quickly onto a ventilator.  Unfortunately medicine is behind the eight ball on this one…Carol

The Infection That’s Silently Killing Coronavirus Patients

by Dr. Richard Levitan, ER doctor/New York Times

Even patients without respiratory complaints had Covid 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.

And here is what really surprised us: These patients did not report any sensation of breathing problems, even though their chest X-rays showed diffuse pneumonia and their oxygen was below normal. How could this be?

 

We are just beginning to recognize that Covid pneumonia initially causes a form of oxygen deprivation we call “silent hypoxia” — “silent” because of its insidious, hard-to-detect nature.    Read Full Article

Biography
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. FWIW, and this has been researched, a lot of navy seals are now doing ketogenic diet, primarily because it reduces the risk of seizures from deep dives, but also because it’s more efficient; it allows them to hold their breath underwater up to 2X longer, not because it creates more oxygen, but because it produces less carbon dioxide in the blood.

    • I’m willing to try carnivore as a reset some time, but for the purpose of the COVID-19 symptoms noted in this article, I was merely suggesting keto diet, which has been researched by the US Navy, as a proactive strategy to increase blood/oxygen efficiency for people with known high-risk preconditions, such as diabetes, or COPD, or any other pulmonary insufficiency, should they become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  2. Hi Carol,
    You said the victims of Covid-19 pneumonia had “lung damage”. What did you mean by that? What physical damage was observed? Could the pneumonia and lack of oxygen also be from compressed, restricted lung capacity from EM attack..a strangulation via broadcast evoked potentials..which would also not allow the alvioli to fully expand and starve the blood of oxygen?

    Thanks..

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