The danger of “Covid pneumonia”

Published April 26, 2020

“Covid pneu­mo­nia” is the real killer of CoviD-19. And what’s worse is that it’s not always obvious.

A vast major­i­ty of Covid pneu­mo­nia patients I met had remark­ably low oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tions at triage — seem­ing­ly incom­pat­i­ble with life — but they were using their cell­phones as we put them on monitors.

Using pulse oxime­ters could make a huge dif­fer­ence by get­ting these patients to treat­ment faster.

(Just try buy­ing one, though. Like masks and dis­in­fec­tant, they’re almost impos­si­ble to find.)

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