‘People with COVID-19 may have their lungs destroyed when they are placed on ventilators’ — ER and Critical Care Doctor from NYC

Is the Problem Respiration or Oxygen?

April 4, 2020 – Dr. Cameron Kyle-Sidell, ER and Critical Care Doctor from NYC says many COVID-19 patients are deprived of oxygen, not respiration.

Ventilators are designed to help a patient breathe when their muscles no longer have the strength to respirate on their own. Dr. Sidell says the COVID-19 patients he is seeing have nothing wrong with their muscles, but for some reason they are severely oxygen deprived. He makes the following statement on a video published on Facebook:

“COVID-19 lung disease as far as I can see is not a pneumonia and should not be treated as one. Rather it appears as some kind of viral induced disease most resembling high altitude sickness…these patients are slowly being deprived of oxygen.”

Dr. Sidell goes on to say he is very concerned people with COVID-19 may have their lungs destroyed when they are placed on ventilators. That does not mean the hospitals don’t need ventilators, they do, according to Dr. Sidell. Ventilators are the only option the hospitals currently have to get even some form of oxygen relief to the COVID-19 patients, according to Dr. Sidell.


I will have more updates on this as I can publish them. Keep coming back to this post for more info.

Watch Dr. Sidell here — https://www.facebook.com/richardtomasATL/videos/10156673540156315/UzpfSTE0NzcxMjQ3NTk6MTAyMjI4NDYxNzM4MTEwMzA/

***UPDATE from Dr. Sidell April 5, 2020 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=g3ka8lo_fZ8&feature=emb_logo

Follow Dr. Sidell on Twitter @cameronks

Dr. Sidell sent out a tweet where he links to a paper from Doctors in Northern Italy: https://www.atsjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1164/rccm.202003-0817LE

In this paper it states the following:

“…the patients with Covid-19 pneumonia, fulfilling the Berlin criteria of ARDS, present an atypical form of the syndrome. Indeed, the primary characteristics we are observing (confirmed by colleagues in other hospitals), is the dissociation between their relatively well preserved lung mechanics and the severity of hypoxemia. … Relatively high compliance indicates well preserved lung gas volume in this patient cohort, in sharp contrast to expectations for severe ARDS