Silent Hypoxia

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Doctors have found silent hypoxia – or low oxygen saturation without breathing impairment is a significant factor in the deaths of individuals with COVID-19. Usually found in mountain climbers, the condition can occur with little few noticeable symptoms. This can be a blessing for those not at risk, but in the worst-case scenario, the result is multi-organ damage and death from systemically starving the organs of oxygen.

The ‘Silent’ Lung Condition That’s Killing People With COVID-19

Doctors are noticing a worrying trend in COVID-19 patients: Their blood oxygen saturation levels are extremely low, indicating they aren’t getting enough oxygen to their lungs. Yet they’re showing no signs of breathlessness. “This is a phenomenon known as silent hypoxia,” critical care pulmonology expert Vandana A.

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