Doctor's shocking video shows the last thing dying Covid patients will see

A SHOCKING video filmed by an intensive care doctor shows what Covid-19 patients see for the last time before death.

Dr Ken Remy, from Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, created the harrowing video to warn people what could happen if they don’t follow restrictions.

In the video posted to Facebook and reported by CNN, Dr Remy said: "I hope that the last moments of your life don't look like this."

While wearing his medical personal protective clothing, Dr Remy simulates a Covid-19 patient being intubated – when a breathing tube is inserted down their windpipe.

Many of the most critically ill patients need oxygen support because the disease causes their lungs to stop working.

Dr Remy, who has treated at least 1,000 Covid-19 patients, said: "The last moments a lot of folks unfortunately are seeing at the end of their lives are us administering medicines to make you sleepy, and me putting a breathing tube in you."

The unfiltered video was created as a warning to people to wear face masks and practise social distancing.

In the US, mask-wearing is recommended but not the law, as it is in the UK for public places like supermarkets.

Dr Remy pleaded: "I beg you, please practice the precautions to reduce transmission of Covid disease."

Ventilation is a last resort for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by the coronavirus.

The average age of a British coronavirus patient who needs ventilation is around 60 years old, according to The Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC).

Although it is used to try and help patients recover and boost their blood oxygen levels, people on ventilation have a low chance of survival.

At the start of the coronavirus crisis in Britain, the vast majority of ICU patients were put on mechanical ventilators because doctors didn't know how to treat the virus.

But now, after learning more about the disease, doctors are more reluctant to use the invasive procedure.

Less patients who end up in ICU are dying compared to in the first wave – around 34 per cent in the spring compared with 44 per cent in the summer.

Currently around 1,500 Covid-19 patients in the UK are on ventilation, according to the Government dashboard.

The figure reached lows of 60 during the summer before the second wave surge.

The number of people being treated for Covid-19 in NHS hospitals has surged from the start of September, with 16,200 currently admitted.

Around 1,600 are being admitted each day.

But in a glimmer of hope, this figure has finally started to slow two weeks after the national lockdown came into place.

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