As many readers of my blog will know, I was very involved with a company that has developed a breakthrough device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, http://www.sommetrics.com. That afforded me an opportunity to learn a great deal about this disease. Recently, I was talking with the CEO who is Pulmonologist originally about interest in the part of the medical community using the company’s technology to help with COVID 19 patients that are sedated and getting oxygen. The hope is by keeping the airway open, the need for a ventilator might be avoided.
In the discussion, I realized something. Many people have Sleep Apnea to varying degrees. Having people lay on their backs and be sedated will greatly increase the severity of their apneas. Apneas are the cessation of breathing. If you are not breathing, oxygen does not help you.
I have read that putting patients on their stomach has better results than having them on their back. This could be due to sleep apnea.
CPAP machines are also being used and they are certainly effected in the treatment of sleep apnea but they are an open system and can easily spread the disease so they should be used with caution.