New coronavirus symptom is dangerous but easily diagnosed
Doctors are noticing some coronavirus patients have dangerously low oxygen levels but no outward signs of difficulty breathing. It can be treated, but must be identified first.
they should be struggling to breathe gasping for air, but they're not growing. Numbers of Corona virus patients with silent hypoxia are alarming medical workers. They're not complaining of shortness of breath. They look comfortable, but when they're auction level is checked. As part of the vital signs in the emergency room, doctors have been reporting much lower levels, and they would expect normal oxygen saturation is 95 to 97% that doctors are seeing some cove in 19 patients with levels around 75% and lower, setting them up for more difficult recoveries. Or worse, it can affect the brain it could affect the heart. Kidneys, liver, hospitals and emergency rooms are increasingly sending mild or moderate patients home with pulse ox emitters. University Hospital's Cleveland is using this medical grade disposable device that allows for remote monitoring. We've seen in about 10% of patients. If their oxygen goes low, we call them and say, Hey, go to the hospital, you need to Interventions. Pulse ox emitters are available at drug stores and online, but health experts caution against rushing out to buy one. Not all are created equal. The information that we've seen so spot thus far is many of the ones you can purchase online have highly very degrees in. The devices also aren't recommended as an initial screening tool for Corona virus. Instead, health experts say, watch for more common symptoms like fever, cough and body ache. Sarah Doll if NBC News