Hypoxia or happy hypoxia is a condition in which the body or a particular part of the body does not receive adequate oxygen at the tissue level.
“Patients are oblivious to their condition until it is too late, resulting in a sudden death. It is a condition which has been seen in a lot of Covid-19 patients,” said a doctor at AIIMS on condition of anonymity.
The doctors have advised that patients prone to develop severe Covid-19 or those with prior conditions such as coronary artery disease or chronic lung disease should be strictly monitored for oxygen saturation.
“They should not be allowed to move unattended. Anticoagulants (to prevent blood clotting) should be used in all at-risk patients who do not have any risk factors of bleeding,” according to an AIIMS advisory on better clinical management of Covid-19.
India’s case fatality rate – the proportion of deaths among those who tested positive for the infection – stands at 1.78%. While the rate is lower than the global average of 3.34%, government officials said their focus is to reduce mortality.