The Prime Minister could benefit from specialized medical support designed to fight the virus – like the aid known as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – as he fights the virus at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital.
Johnson, 55, could be set for the invasive procedure, which bridges the gap between an oxygen mask and full ventilation, reports Birmingham Live.
Johnson may also be taking blood and samples from his throat as directed by doctors fighting Covid-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) last month.
The Prime Minister remains in intensive care (ICU) this morning after a second night struggling with the persistent symptoms of Covid-19, Foreign Minister Michael Gove confirmed this morning.
A doctor told The Times that PM PM was not ventilated or intubated – which involves putting a tube in the windpipe to facilitate breathing – but received oxygen.
Sources told the newspaper that Johnson needed about four liters of oxygen rather than the 15 liters used by an average Covid-19 intensive care patient.
The Prime Minister was admitted for the first time 10 days after being tested positive for the bug – “as a precaution,” said officials at Number 10.
Mr. Johnson was then transferred to intensive care at St Thomas Hospital last night after his condition and received oxygen last night, in what Downing Street said was a precautionary measure.
He had been self-isolated for days, but his illness – which would have included a cough characteristic of Covid-19 – had persisted, which had led to his admission to the hospital.
Experts have described the types of treatments and respiratory supports used in hospitals around the world to treat patients with severe coronavirus.
One is CPAP, which uses pressure to send a mixture of air and oxygen into the mouth at a constant rate, thereby increasing the amount of oxygen that enters the lungs,
Many Covid-19 patients end up “progressing to invasive ventilation”, which is for people who have such severe illnesses that they have difficulty or are unable to breathe on their own.
A mechanical ventilator provides all of the patient’s breathing or supports their own breathing.
The patient is heavily sedated while a device called an endotracheal tube (ET) is guided through the mouth into the trachea.
A strong sedation then continues because having a tube in the throat can be very uncomfortable.
Patients can be fed at the same time through a tube entering the stomach through the nose.
Boris Johnson in intensive care
The PM is likely to have already undergone several tests to check his oxygen levels, the number of white blood cells and liver and kidney function before leaving the hospital after his admission on Covid-19, according to the doctors.
He is also likely to have an electrocardiogram to check his heart.
General practitioner Dr. Sarah Jarvis told the BBC shortly after announcing the Prime Minister that Mr. Johnson would also have a chest x-ray and a lung scan, especially if he had trouble breathing.
Hours before his transfer to the ICU last night, the Prime Minister, who tested positive for Covid-19 on March 26, wrote that he was in “good spirits” and praised the care he received.