What It’s Like to Die of COVID-19

Behind each COVID-19 death is an unfathomable ordeal that is largely witnessed only by physicians and nurses.
 
The struggle for air is like breathing through a very narrow straw… indefinitely. Lungs feel “full of bees.”
 
Many patients wish for death and seem to know it’s coming even as myriad invasive procedures attempt to keep them alive: catheters, IVs, countless tubes and needles, dialysis machines to prevent kidney failure, and sedatives to prepare them for ventilation.
 
All without loved ones nearby.

“With fatal COVID-19, your last meaningful contact with family, before your final hours, might be as you get admitted into the ER, days or weeks before.”
 
Vox

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