One of the major symptoms of cover-19 is inability to breath well, among others.
Hence, a ventilator is becoming popular – a bedside machine with tubes connected to your airways that helps you breath when you can’t do it on your own. Technically, a respirator is a mask that medical workers wear when they care for someone with a contagious illness
Why Do You Need a Ventilator
COVID-19 can inflame your airways and essentially drown your lungs in fluids – ventilator can help pump oxygen into your body and may also help breath out for you. The machine will blow air into your lungs automatically if you haven’t taken a breath in a set amount of time.
However, it has few demerits. Breathing tube may be uncomfortable while it’s hooked up, you can’t eat or talk. You may not be able to eat and drink normally. Hence, you’ll need to get your nutrients through an Intravenous (IV), which is inserted with a needle into one of your veins.
It is a myth that ventilators cure COVID-19 or other illnesses that caused breathing problem. But it helps you survive until you get better and your lungs can work on their own.
When your doctor thinks you are well enough, they will test your breathing. The ventilator stays connected but set so that you can try to breathe on your own.
When you breathe normally, the tubes will be removed and the ventilator will be turned off.
TRUMP ORDERS MORE VENTILATOR
U.S., President Donald Trump has eventually accepted the dire need for the increased production of ventilators. He has invoked the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to manufacture the much-needed medical device.
Though it is popularly believe in the U.S that President Trump is downplaying the need for the ventilators, as much as he tries to keep hope alive on the issue