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Explainer: What is Happy Hypoxia that is killing young people?

May 13, 2021 14:36 IST | By Editorji News Desk

The second wave of Covid-19 has hit the younger people harder. Doctors and experts say 'Happy Hypoxia' is playing a crucial role in deaths of so many young people.

So, what is Happy Hypoxia?

Fall in oxygen saturation in blood is called Hypoxia, which is common in Covid-19. Usually, it results in breathlessness and drowsiness. But in some youngsters, due to better tolerance levels, these symptoms do not arise, and patients do not even realize that their oxygen level is going low. They continue their normal activities without any intervention. Suddenly the oxygen level goes down, and the patient becomes unstable. This condition is known as "Happy Hypoxia" or silent hypoxia in which blood oxygen saturation goes down but there are no symptoms to alert the patient. it results in the progression of Covid, thereby causing even deaths.

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Happy hypoxia victims many times do not feel breathless even when the Oxygen levels drop to around 80. There are no symptoms, but their condition deteriorates fast, and they report to hospital late.

Happy hypoxia doesn't allow progression of Covid to come to the fore until much later by when it turns into a complicated case.

Therefore, doctors advise everyone, especially youngsters, to frequently check their Oxygen levels and take medical advice if they see a drop even when they don't feel any breathlessness.

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