With more than a quarter of a million people dead from the novel coronavirus in the United States, a doctor has shared a haunting video of the final thing many of them would have seen.
In a warning to his fellow Americans, ICU doctor Ken Remy sought to remind people what could happen to them or their loved ones if they are unfortunate enough to have a difficult battle with Covid-19.
He made a video simulating a patient being intubated from the patient’s view point.
Sharing it to social media, he said it’s what patients will see during what could be their last moment of life for which they’re awake and lucid.
“After seeing what I have seen over the last few months and frankly over the last week. It is bad. It is real bad,” he wrote on Facebook.
“I don’t want this for you. Please listen”.
“I hope that the last moments of your life don't look like this,” Dr Remy says in the video, holding up a laryngoscope and a breathing tube used when intubating patients.
“Because this is what you'll see at the end of your life if we don't start wearing masks when we're out in public.”
Dr Remy is a critical care physician scientist at Washington University Medical Center in St Louis. He is just one of many doctors and nurses speaking out to implore members of the public to wear a mask and take Covid precautions as case numbers continue to surge in the US.
Also sharing the video on Twitter, Dr Remy remarked about the “frightened eyes” he sees on patients when performing the procedure.
“Please listen as this is dire. I don’t want to be the last person that looks in your frightened eyes,” he wrote.
Dr Remy’s state of Missouri is recording more than 4,500 coronavirus cases a day on average in the past week, as nationwide the country continues to break records for the number of Covid-related hospitalisations.
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) November 26, 2020
The US is now averaging 174,000 new cases of the virus per day with more than 90,000 people in hospital.
The rising caseload comes as millions of Americans travelled ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on an already flaming coronavirus fire.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local authorities had earlier begged people not to travel and urged them to keep their Thanksgiving celebrations small.
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