A St. Louis ICU doctor shared a video showing what Kovid-19 patients see as they are intubated in an effort to urge people to take the virus seriously.
in the video, Kenneth Remy, a critical care physician at Washington University Medical Center, looks down at a camera as he holds a laryngoscope and an endotracheal tube – the equipment used in the intubation process.
“I hope the last moments of your life don’t look like this because that’s what you’ll see at the end of your life if we don’t start wearing masks when we’re out in public. When we don’t. Social Distancing Practice. When we don’t wash our hands again and again, “he says.
“Because I promise you, it will be what you see. I promise you that when you have Kovid’s disease your mother or your father or your children will see the end of their lives. It is serious.”
Remy said he has more than 1,000 Kovid-19 patients and has seen “a lot of them die” from the disease. He said he wanted St. Louis to post the video after seeing the spike in coronavirus cases.
In a phone interview with NBC News, he said, “I have been in the intensive care unit during the past week, we have had many deaths.” I am forced to call in between 11 strangers. The night to tell them that their loved one died. And so in that vein, if you will, unfortunately, it was just like a feeling of defeat on my shoulders. “
His video has been viewed more than 71,000 times since it was posted on Twitter on Saturday.
The doctor said that his hope is that he can “help change some of the meanings of the disease,” especially as the holidays get closer.
“I understand that wearing masks everywhere when you’re out in public can feel uncomfortable, but most will feel uncomfortable because of hospital stays, intensive care units, breathing difficulties.”
“At the end of the day, I want my loved ones to be alive, just as I want your loved ones to be alive.”
On Saturday, the US topped 12 million cases of Kovid-19 in more than 40 states, and Washington DC reported a percentage increase in cases for the past 14 days.