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‘Happy hypoxia’: unusual coronavirus effect baffles doctors

‘happy-hypoxia’:-unusual-coronavirus-effect-baffles-doctors

Some patients who appear not in distress are found to have dangerously low oxygen levels

It is a mystery that has left doctors questioning the basic tenets of biology: Covid-19 patients who are talking and apparently not in distress, but who have oxygen levels low enough to typically cause unconsciousness or even death.

The phenomenon, known by some as “happy hypoxia” (some prefer the term “silent”) is raising questions about exactly how the virus attacks the lungs and whether there could be more effective ways of treating such patients.

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