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British doctor and MP Rosena Allin-Khan described the situation in her London hospital due to the epidemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Her story was published by The Guardian.
According to Ellin-Khan, she has been working in the emergency department for 15 years, but has never seen anything like it.
“We are seeing a clear increase in the number of patients with symptoms of a respiratory infection who have COVID-19,” she says.
On Sunday morning, the intensive care unit was completely filled with severe patients with breathing problems. Due to lack of places, adult patients were put in pediatric resuscitation.
Ellin-Khan notes that coronavirus infection threatens not only the elderly.
“We see young people who were completely healthy, and now are in the hospital. Some of them are under 40, but they need mechanical ventilation in order to survive, ”she says.
Some symptoms of COVID-19 were also a surprise for British physicians. In particular, some patients complain of abdominal pain.
Ellin Khan fears that the epidemic will lead to a shortage of mechanical ventilation devices, which doctors in Italy have already encountered. Despite this, many Britons still did not realize how important it is to avoid contact with other people, and are frivolous about quarantine measures that the authorities recommend.
“Some people think of them as a kind of vacation, although without measures to limit contacts, we are in danger of disaster,” she says. – In the coming weeks, it will be necessary to decide who will get the mechanical ventilation apparatus and who will not. Save will be young people who are now walking and having fun, who ignore the advice. And this means that the apparatus may not be enough for someone’s mother. ”
According to the latest data, due to a new coronavirus infection, 19.6 thousand people died, 436 thousand cases of infection were detected, of which 111.8 thousand ended in the patient’s recovery. In the UK, the disease was detected in eight thousand people, 423 patients died.
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