Michael Carter MD discusses If you are hospitalized for COVID-19 \ ˈkō-vid-nīn-ˈtēn : a mild to severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted chiefly by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets), and is characterized especially by fever, cough, and shortness of breath and may progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure. from the coronavirus co·ro·na·vi·rus : any of a family (Coronaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans, and include the causative agents of MERS, SARS, and COVID-19, how you are treated will be a life or death matter. We are learning from Italian and Chinese researchers and doctors that COVID-19 may present with symptoms in 2 very different ways. They are called Type-L pneumonia for blood hypoxia-driven disease, and Type-H pneumonia for lung pneumonia-driven disease. The type you have should, but may not, dictate treatment. Currently, some medical professionals believe that treating the “hypoxia” syndrome of COVID-19 with a high-pressure ventilator ven·ti·la·tor | \ ˈven-tə-ˌlā-tər : a machine that provides mechanical ventilation by moving breathable air into and out of the lungs, to deliver breaths to a patient who is physically unable to breathe, or breathing insufficiently. is wrong and may do more harm than good. Known the differences between the 2 types of severe COVID-19 symptoms and make sure any hospital or ICU you go to, if you have the disease, also knows the difference and will apply different treatments based on symptoms. Most hospital ERs and ICUs will be using ventilators only so consider calling facilities near you to see if they also use high concentration of oxygen without high pressure, under appropriate circumstances.