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When patients with COVID-19 need intensive care support

Many people who contract COVID-19 will have mild symptoms, but for others those symptoms may be severe and lead to hospitalization. Some of the most common complications from severe COVID-19 include respiratory problems like pneumonia, hypoxemic respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Dr. Daniel Brown, director of critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic, says these patients with severe illness may require a higher level of care and often are brought into an ICU for breathing support.

“We’re using all of our modalities for respiratory support. That includes everything from nasal cannula oxygen all the way up to mechanical ventilation and ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. So, the full gamut of respiratory support, much like we would see in other forms of viral pneumonia.”

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