• Jessica Colarossi

    Science Writer Twitter Profile

    Jessica Colarossi

    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

Comments & Discussion

Boston University moderates comments to facilitate an informed, substantive, civil conversation. Abusive, profane, self-promotional, misleading, incoherent or off-topic comments will be rejected. Moderators are staffed during regular business hours (EST) and can only accept comments written in English. Statistics or facts must include a citation or a link to the citation.

There are 8 comments on Three Reasons Why COVID-19 Can Cause Silent Hypoxia

  1. A huge thanks to the researchers for their tremendous work in better understanding and learning to treat this novel coronavirus. Well written article on such a complex (&frightening) illness.

  2. The idea that a VQ mismatch in lung disease is obvious. The article is not specific at all- what is the median PaO2 compared to the SPO2?

    A lot of smart people missing the obvious because they lack clinical experience and ignore basic science. A old RRT.

  3. My big brother (72yo) passed away a little over a week ago from Covid-19 pneumonia. He was in Texas. I live in Oregon. He had asthma and from what I can surmise from this paper, suffered through the same symptoms and treatments, including lying prone. When I heard this, I immediately had questions. Unfortunately, I was getting updates sporadically and third person. And it was too late. Before I pose my question, a partial, personal, medical history.
    At the age of 27-28, I was on a ventilator (trach) with pneumonia and my entire thoracic cavity saturated by infection and lying on a Stryker Frame. I was systematically flipped every four hours for roughly two months. I did not improve and nearly died a couple of times. We finally demanded transfer to another hospital. I was immediately placed on a bed that rocked side to side 24/7. I was off the ventilator in 2-3 weeks and the pneumonia defeated. I understand Covid pneumonia is far more difficult to defeat but I can’t help but wonder.

  4. As a young mother I moved to northern WI, and suffered massive sinus , colds, flu ect. every winter. I survived but only when I began herbals did I improve, and became aware that I was not able to take a breath to the lung ‘bottom’ . Now at 74, I walk to town and monitor my breathing chalking up a ‘good walk’ when I can take a breath that ‘bottoms out.” My doctor told me decades ago that I had lung fibrosis. Ideopathic.
    I suspect blastomycosis rampant in northern WI was the original infectious agent. I read now that these 3 fungals cover all of the US: blastomycosis, coccidiosis, and histoplasmosis.

  5. COVID dissociates the oxygen and carbon dioxide carrying iron ion from hemoglobin, thus inducing both lung inflammation due to iron poisoning and hypoxia due to inhibited ability to transport blood gases, a condition exacerbated by blood anemias, such as Sickle Cell.

  6. My bhabhi is a covid 19 patient and on NIV (B grade)from last twelve days.Whenever NIV is being removed, her oxygen level drips badly.Any suggestions please for further treatment…?

  7. I am post-covid-pneumonia. Discharged hypoxic >93 on home Oxygen via 0² extractor. Twice daily Oximeter use continues and reading are mostly 95 to 97. However, at times my sats are between 87 and 93. I am concerned because I do not feel at all worse for wear at these times. I am able to pump up my sats to 97 in about 5 deep diaphragm breaths and to 99 in less than 10. I think my fear of damaged organs due to hypoxia may be misplaced. Am I underestimating a threat here?

Post a comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *