Coronavirus has continued to spread across the world and has officially infected more than one million people globally. Palliative care expert, Kathryn Mannix told the BBC how people with severe cases of coronavirus die “quite quickly”. She explained understanding the process would help the public cope.
Speaking to BBC’s Coronavirus Newcast, Ms Mannix said: “Knowing what to expect because the process itself, even if it’s happening quite quickly as it is with this lung inflammation from the coronavirus, is not something that is horribly uncomfortable or horribly distressing.
“It’s more a process of not being able to stay awake properly anymore, running out of energy and gradually becoming unconscious.
“Once people know that and they know that’s what their family is going to see as well.
“They’re not going to see something that’s going to traumatise them forever then everybody feels a little bit less apprehensive about it all.”
Host Adam Fleming asked: “Isn’t the problem with this though is that people are dying in hospital but because of the virus, their family can’t go and be with them when it happens. It’s not a nice controlled way.”
Ms Mannix added: “You’re right. This is an absolute game-changer. In order to be able to protect the staff from a family member who is sick.
“We have to ask for current patients and family members to stay away.
“That’s dreadful and it’s dreadful for families. It’s isolating for the person who is sick enough to die and again we need to think a bit about people who don’t die.”
Finlay MacDonald, 42, said: “It was great, a really special moment – all our neighbours were out in their gardens with a rousing round of applause.
“This is our way of entertaining people and showing our appreciation to key staff who are keeping us safe.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has tested positive for the virus and is self-isolating in Downing Street, joined in the applause.
He told those gathered outside: “I am not allowed out really, I am just standing here.”
Published at Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:03:00 +0000