Coronavirus doctor's diary: Why does Covid-19 make some healthy young people really sick?

Someone who is elderly or who has certain pre-existing health problems – heart disease or diabetes, for example – is clearly at higher risk. It was her first time in a hospital when she was brought in by ambulance, struggling to breathe and with pains in her chest.She was unable to speak in full sentences, says respiratory consultant Dinesh Saralaya, and was so distressed and agitated that she initially refused non-invasive ventilation with oxygen (CPAP). She might have had to be sedated and intubated in the Intensive Care Unit, but first Dinesh made a video call to Marium’s father, Kaiser, a Bradford taxi driver.

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