Study: Severe COVID-19 Can Be Treated Like Altitude Sickness

Bolivian alpine medicine specialists who have studied mountain sickness for over 50 years,

found that they are very similar to pneumolysis (destruction of the lungs) caused by hypoxemia - low levels of oxygen in the blood.

By analogy with this, the SARS-CoV-2 virus entersthe body breathes and passes through the bronchi to the surface of the alveoli of the air sacs, where the pneumocytes - the alveolar cells of the lungs, and their capillaries are located. As a result of self-replication, pneumocytes are destroyed, releasing all the replicated SARS-CoV-2 RNA, which infects neighboring cells.

Therefore, the person has pneumonia and lesions that are similar to high altitude pulmonary edema.

In the treatment of altitude sickness, not mechanical ventilation is used, butnon-invasive oxygenation; and erythropoietin, a hormone that naturally increases production of red blood cells and protects the heart, brain and blood vessels from the dangers of hypoxia.

According to scientists, in this case it is necessaryuse timely oxygen administration, which can reduce pulmonary edema. Also, the authors of the work suggest taking anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant drugs.

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