How COVID-19 affects breathing and how breathing assistance saves lives.
1 in 6 COVID-19 patients becomes seriously ill and has difficulty breathing.
More than 40 percent of COVID-19 patients develop Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
Healthy air sacks in the lungs allow oxygen to betransferred to the blood. However, the COVID-19 virus causes air sacs to inflame and fill with fluids making it difficult to breathe.
“As the transfer process is impaired and oxygen levels fall, ventilators keep patients breathing. While they don't treat the disease, they do give patients time to fight it.
Coronavirus patients need more time – an average of 10 days, according to the University of Washington study. Other reports say one to two weeks is usual. A typical ICU patient averages 3-7 days”
-- National Center for Biotechnology Information
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