As a result of the positive of the Covid-19 case, Erlina Burhan, a pulmonologist from Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta warned the patients to be aware of symptoms of happy hypoxia.
As information, happy hypoxia is silent hypoxemia, which is a decrease in oxygen level without breathing difficulties or dyspnea.
She said in a discussion on the BNPB Youtube account on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. She explained that if the hypoxia occurs for a long time, the patients’ consciousness will decrease.
“Its consequences will be fatal for the patients.”
As cited News24xx.com, she explained that several Covid-19 patients did not experience it due to damaged nerves.
But for the people normally, it can experience shortness of breath when they lack oxygen. As a result, the brain cannot recognize the occurrence of a lack of oxygen in the blood.
Here some symptoms of Happy Hypoxia :
- Persistent cough
- The color of the lips or the fingertips has turned to blue
The pulmonologist said, “If you felt it, please rush to the hospital. You should check the oxygen saturation by using pulse oximetry.”
And Erlina also said the only medicine to treat happy hypoxia is by using oxygen.