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Symptoms of vivid 19

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etheltbags1 Sun 22-Mar-20 16:54:11

I understand the symptoms to be cough, temp, flue likeaches. Is there a medical person who can explain those scary films from Italy. The people were lying face down on ventilators, not a cough nor a word from any of them. Are they sedated , they had no pyjamas on either. Would it not be kinder to sit them up to talk to each other. Maybe the were on the point of death. That is do scary. I've never seen anyone like this ever. Was it just sensationalism

etheltbags1 Sun 22-Mar-20 16:55:33

Title says symptoms of covid 19. My spell checker is hopeless

cornergran Sun 22-Mar-20 16:56:52

I read that it makes the ventilator more effective. I’m sure a medical person will be along soon to explain.

Farmor15 Sun 22-Mar-20 20:41:19

I’m not a medical person but have biology background. My understanding is that in the severe cases of Covid 19, the lungs are filled with fluid and can’t get oxygen into body. The person is anaesthesised and a tube put down their throat, attached to a ventilator, which breathes for them. Apparently putting face down helps get more oxygen in. They are so ill they wouldn’t be able to sit up and chat. I think about half the people who get to this state die, and for those that survive, it may take weeks to recover.

CherryCezzy Sun 22-Mar-20 22:44:12

As I understand it one of the issues with Covid-19 is that the resultant cough is a dry one and therefore an infected person has difficulty or severe difficulty in expelling resultant sputum. The average person produces 2 pints of sputum fluids a day. If it cannot be expelled then it will built up in the lungs of the individual concerned. As Farmor15 says the person enters a state where they cannot oxygenate sufficiently because he/she doesn't have the lung capacity and the ventilator is fitted to do that for him/her.

Izabella Mon 23-Mar-20 13:50:26

Not sensationalism at all. They are unconscious ventilated patients, sometimes nursed prone to assist oxygenation levels. This looks normal for an ITU and I have nursed many in such a situation. However, that was pre-Covid and the current situation is grim.

OP you refer to SYMPTOMS. What you saw from the Italian media was the progression of the virus to its life threatening form.

AS for pyjamas, no sorry. Not in ITU.

giulia Mon 23-Mar-20 13:53:44

Help! Not seen this film here in Italy!

Pikachu Mon 23-Mar-20 13:54:05

Another symptom being flagged up is loss of sense of smell..

Lisawill Mon 23-Mar-20 14:01:36

Another symptom is loss of smell too. Stay home, stay safe and we will get through this.

Lisawill Mon 23-Mar-20 14:02:14

Oops loss of taste i meant

newnanny Mon 23-Mar-20 14:25:58

@etheltbags1 that is because they give them morphine for pain and also a sedative do they sleep through much of it. Without morphine they would be in agony. On tummy to relieve pressure on body so turned every few hours to prevent bed sores.

MawB Mon 23-Mar-20 14:27:05

Pikachu I posted a link to a whole article on loss of sense of taste and smell this morning.

Floradora9 Mon 23-Mar-20 14:30:48

DS has it thanks to a work mate coming back too soon. He is just totally washed out . Struggles to get up in the morning and by lunchtime he is back to bed. He lives alone so nobody to help him though he seems to be well stocked up with food.

Pikachu Mon 23-Mar-20 15:25:36

Yes MawB I’ve just spotted it and thought ‘shucks’ or something that sounded a bit like that.

Willow500 Mon 23-Mar-20 15:33:00

I lost my sense of smell and taste (anosmia) 8 years ago - could I have been harbouring Covid 19 all this time grin !!

BlueSky Tue 24-Mar-20 12:45:03

Willow I lost my sense of smell about 10 years ago. Slowly and faintly coming back recently don't know what caused it.

etheltbags1 Tue 24-Mar-20 16:44:41

This is even more scary. The worst I've ever seen anyone was someone after a heart attack and he was sitting up but attached to the machines. Also why are they in pain, no one has mentioned pain as a symptom.I'm terrified now to leave the house. Why no pyjamas for decency sake, also where do you get the pain

etheltbags1 Thu 26-Mar-20 08:46:23

I'm staying in as requested but I dread each day. I will get it soon I know. How do people cope with the fear.

etheltbags1 Tue 07-Apr-20 18:48:27

Thank you all for all the reassuring replies

SalsaQueen Tue 07-Apr-20 19:16:33

I watched something that was on the BBC last night, where a doctor on an intensive care ward said that they find that the best position for a Covid-19 patient to be was on their chest. The patients who are ventilators are sedated. In any case, if someone is ill enough to be in hospital, in intensive care, they're not exactly well enough to be sitting chatting, are they?