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Started by dsanchez, February 23, 2020, 23:47:08
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QuoteIn my experience, this severity of ARDS is usually more typical of someone who has a near drowning experience -- they have a bunch of dirty water in their lungs -- or people who inhale caustic gas. Especially for it to have such an acute onset like that. I've never seen a microorganism or an infectious process cause such acute damage to the lungs so rapidly.
Quote"It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad. I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu. Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube and out of his mouth. The ventilator should have been doing the work of breathing but he was still gasping for air, moving his mouth, moving his body, struggling. We had to restrain him. With all the coronavirus patients, we've had to restrain them. They really hyperventilate, really struggle to breathe. When you're in that mindstate of struggling to breathe and delirious with fever, you don't know when someone is trying to help you, so you'll try to rip the breathing tube out because you feel it is choking you, but you are drowning.
Quote from: BiscuityBoyle on March 22, 2020, 03:56:25Hmmm so not exactly like the flu...
Quote from: BiscuityBoyle on March 22, 2020, 14:46:15Anyhow I meant to link to this piece https://www.propublica.org/article/a-medical-worker-describes--terrifying-lung-failure-from-covid19-even-in-his-young-patients
Quote from: BiscuityBoyle on March 24, 2020, 03:29:52Thing is, there are lots and lots of people in their 40s who have high blood pressure or Type 2 diabetes or other health conditions that make them as vulnerable as old people... This thing is brutal.
QuoteNo matter how you look at the numbers, one country stands out from the rest: South Korea.In late February and early March, the number of new coronavirus infections in the country exploded from a few dozen, to a few hundred, to several thousand.At the peak, medical workers identified 909 new cases in a single day, Feb. 29, and the country of 50 million people appeared on the verge of being overwhelmed. But less than a week later, the number of new cases halved. Within four days, it halved again -- and again the next day.South Korea is one of only two countries with large outbreaks, alongside China, to flatten the curve of new infections. And it has done so without China's draconian restrictions on speech and movement, or economically damaging lockdowns like those in Europe and the United States.South Korea has tested far more people for the coronavirus than any other country, enabling it to isolate and treat many people soon after they are infected.
QuoteInstead of looking too much at India, New York or wherever, maybe we should look more at South Korea