30 March 2022

The stages of severe COVID-19 and related care

The COVID-19 virus, along with all its variants, can affect the human body and people’s health in different ways. And although research on COVID-19 is ongoing, we know that the virus can lead to a severe infection of the lungs. To date, a total of 422,498 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Armenia and 8,611 deaths. To learn more about how…, Viral pneumonia, “Pneumonia developed during COVID-19 is viral in its nature, and, unlike other types of pneumonia, is usually bilateral [affects both lungs]. Unilateral pneumonia is rare in COVID-19 patients. The virus can potentially attack lungs from various areas, increasing the probability for fast growth and inflammation, which leads to more severe cases of…, Hospitalization, Patients who develop pneumonia and have moderate or severe symptoms must receive inpatient treatment. "What do we mean by severe? When breathing becomes difficult or when a patient feels like they are lacking oxygen. Patients may complain that they do not have enough air—that they have difficulty breathing. A patient must be hospitalized if there’…, Intensive care, "A patient’s condition worsens when the infection spreads throughout the lung tissue and oxygen supplied through the nasal canula may not be enough for the patient. In this case, the patient would need to be treated with a breathing mask or bag valve mask, which provide greater flow of oxygen. These patients are usually assessed as being in…, From severe pneumonia to very severe pneumonia, Dr. Movsisyan notes that severe pneumonia can quickly turn into very severe pneumonia within hours. "For example, a patient undergoing oxygen therapy may have normal saturation rates in the first half of the day, but these rates may worsen throughout the day, indicating that the patient is experiencing acute respiratory failure," Dr. Movsisyan…