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Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a type of lung infection that occurs in people who are on mechanical ventilation breathing machines in hospitals. As such, VAP typically affects critically ill persons that are in an intensive care unit (ICU). VAP is a major source of increased illness and death. Persons with VAP have increased lengths of ICU hospitalization and have up to a 20–30% death rate.
Dr. Jensen also disclosed that hospitals are paid more if they list patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis. And hospitals get paid THREE TIMES AS MUCH if the patient then goes on a ventilator.
originally posted by: sligtlyskeptical
What I have not seen when discussing the disparity of black deaths to others, is the sickle cell trait which is in 1 of 13 of blacks. I think this could help explain the disparity.
originally posted by: Bhadhidar
The issue is not whether there are causes of pneumonia “other than” CV19; of course there are.
Nor is the issue whether or not these other causes have increased or decreased during the outbreak of CV19.
These arguments are only “straw men” targets for those who are trying to draw attention away from the very real and demonstrated threat of a new, and heretofore unknown virus, which is, itself, yet another vector through which pneumonia may result.
Remember, pneumonia is a condition, not a disease, itself. Pneumonia occurs when the lungs are damaged, usually by a disease (either bacterial or viral), though sometimes by trauma or genetic predisposition.
CV19 is considered so dangerous because, one of its presentations is the instigation of mucus saturation in the lungs, resulting in the victim not being able to oxygenate properly. When that happens, a ventilator is often required.
But as pointed out, putting an already physically compromised patient on a ventilator increases the potential for further damage.
Unfortunately, with some cases, the only choice is to risk the damage or lose the patient.