Hi all, I was sent a link yesterday to this New York Times article written by an emergency doctor at Bellevue Hospital. He details the particular qualities of covid pneumonia, particularly "silent hypoxia" where you can desaturate spectacularly without feeling particularly breathless. Hence late calls for help and late referrals to hospital when the pneumonia is already well advanced and treatment has to be more extreme. Checking your O2 with a pulse ox is recommended to get necessary treatment early and avoid intubation.
This is written about patients without respiratory conditions who arent used to having to deal with breathlessness. Maybe we would recognise symptoms earlier but who knows? This covid pneumonia seems to be distinctly different to pneumonia Im used to anyway.
You may have to sign on to read it but it's worth it - it was an eye opener to me though maybe Dr John Campbell has spoken about it, I havent had time to view to all those very useful youtubes.