Coronavirus: Why is Boris Johnson in intensive care and what treatment will he get?

Derrick Santistevan

There is currently no recognized treatment for COVID-19, so why would Boris Johnson have been relocated to intensive care and what treatment will he get?

At 5pm, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab led the federal government’s day-to-day instruction on the UK’s coronavirus fightback, ensuring the public that Mr Johnson was still in charge. Sky News’ Beth Rigby stated “things moved quite rapidly after that”.

“His condition deteriorated, he had to be given oxygen – he was struggling to breathe. The decision was taken at 7pm to move the prime minister to that intensive care unit,” she stated.

“He is not on a ventilator. He was conscious, indeed he phoned Dominic Raab to ask him to deputise, to take over. The ventilator is there should his condition worsen.”

And she added: “This is deeply worrying and upsetting for his colleagues and his loved ones, and the country.”

Why intensive care?

Immediate care physician Kishan Rees informed Sky News: “Judging by how he gave the instruction to Dominic Raab, it doesn’t sound like he has been intubated… which is obviously a good thing, and we wish him well. I think he will be on an intensive care unit because that allows for a far higher degree of monitoring in terms of the body’s physiology and there’s also one-to-one nursing. There’s a very close eye from a medical point of view and they can really monitor his observations – his temperature, his blood pressure, his heart rate and his oxygen saturation.”

Teacher Derek Hill, Teacher of Medical Imaging, University College London stated: “It seems clear that the prime minister went to hospital because he had difficulty breathing. It seems he was initially put on oxygen, and was conscious. But as often happens with COVID-19, his condition has now deteriorated.”

The prime minister is being dealt with at Guys and St Thomas’ healthcare facility.

Why has the PM’s health problem gone on so long and gotten worse?

Physician Rees stated: “Some people have an influenza-like health problem for 5 to 7 days and then they get totally much better. Other individuals … there are the at danger classifications – people who have diabetes, persistent kidney illness – as far as I know the PM does not fall under those classifications …

” The second phase of this illness in some people that get it can include an actually extreme auto-immune response, something called cytokine storm – generally the body’s natural defences are overwhelmed and the body closes down with multi-organ failure.” Physician Rees explained that the prime minister’s case does not sound as extreme as this.

What are the treatments he could get in intensive care?

” The treatment is quite helpful,” Dr Rees said. ” That suggests fluids, possibly paracetamol to manage fever, however likewise, if clients’ cases do degrade to the point where they’re no longer able to preserve their high blood pressure, then they might wind up on an intensive care system and they would be getting inotropic assistance. That is when your body can not preserve high blood pressure any longer due to the fact that your body is specifying where it is stopping working. Inotropic assistance is generally an effective ‘vaso-constrictor’, which suggests all the capillary restrict, diverting blood to your crucial organs – your brain your heart and your kidneys.”

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Prof Hill stated: “He is very likely to have been put on a mechanical ventilator to breath for him. A ventilator can be invasive (involving a tube being put down the patient’s throat) or non invasive, for example breathing through a specialised mask. Invasive ventilation tends to be recommended for COVID-19 patients. Intensive care ventilators have sophisticated software and sensors to enable them to adjust the way they work around the needs of the patient, and to change the amount of oxygen inhaled with the air.”

Dr Simon Clarke, a microbiologist, has actually informed Sky News that the NHS will most likely be supporting the prime minister with fluids and”potentially also trying to dampen down the immune response” he added: “I think probably what’s most likely is that he’s receiving some oxygen as well, to help his breathing.” It is comprehended Boris Johnson is not on a ventilator.

Dr Clarke added: “Ventilation is an especially intrusive treatment, so even if somebody has a little bit of oxygen provided to them, does not indicate they’re aerated. Aerated is much more intrusive.

Does Boris Johnson actually need to be in intensive care?

Dr Clarke informed Sky News: “I’ll state this to you, the NHS, especially at this minute, does not quit intensive care beds simply for people to be examined – it does not work like that, even for prime ministers.

” He would not be in intensive care unless he required to be in intensive care, particularly not at this time, and I believe it’s most likely about time that journalism people in Number 10 began levelling with us about what his condition actually is.”

Prof Hill added: “Among the features of COVID-19 in all countries appears to be that numerous more men end up being seriously ill than women – particularly in the over 40 agegroup We understand that people under about 60 appear to have a greater chance of making a recovery from important health problem with COVID-19 than older people. There is no doubt this turn of occasions suggests Boris Johnson is very ill.”

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