Not everyone understands how serious the situation really is unless they're faced with their own mortality. So one doctor decided to demonstrate just that.
The coronavirus pandemic is still raging on, a year after the first reported case, leaving millions ravaged in its wake and showing no signs of abating. Of course it will continue to rage when there are so many human beings openly flouting, and even brazenly protesting safety precautions. Apart from endangering the lives of the people they've come in contact with, people who refuse to follow precautions are also putting immense strain on healthcare workers who are stretching their work hours to save lives. But sadly, not everyone understands how serious the situation really is, unless they're confronted with their own mortality. So one physician decided to demonstrate just that.
A doctor from Missouri shared a short video clip to show the morbid reality of a COVID patient's final moments in the COVID ward of a hospital, NBC News reports.
The video shows Dr. Kenneth Remy, a critical care physician — who also serves as a city councilman in Wildwood, Missouri — dressed in complete PPE, looking down into the camera.
Ten seconds into the video, he starts speaking. He says, “This is what it looks like when you breathe 40 times a minute, have an oxygen level that's dipping well below 80. This is what it's going to look like.” Continuing, he says, “This is what you'll see at the end of your life if we don't start wearing masks when we are out in public. When we don't practice social distancing. When we don't wash our hands frequently.”
He is seen holding a laryngoscope and an endotracheal tube which are tools used to intubate patients when they have difficulty breathing.
The doctor concluded the harrowing clip by saying, “Because I promise you, this will be what you see. I promise you, this is what your mother, or your father, or your children when they get COVID disease, will see at the end of their lives. This is serious.”
Dr. Remy even shared a little more about what his day was like inside the ward. Responding to a tweet, he said, "That night alone I intubated four (with gloves, a gown, a face shield) as I have been doing for over 1000 patients I have personally cared for since the beginning in March. Not fun at all. Very sad."
According to Johns Hopkins' latest data, there have been 1,411,216 COVID deaths globally, of which 259,976 deaths are in the USA alone. The USA also has seen 12,597,506 cases, which is the highest number of cases in the world.
Dr. Remy's dire warning is something that we should be paying heed to, because the number of cases is just growing. While we do have good news with pharmaceutical companies — Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca — all developing vaccines which have shown extremely promising results, it may still take time for them to be accessible to everyone.