They stuck the oxygen tube into my nose, and turned up the level so that I could breathe. Initially, it was one-litre/min, later it was changed to two-, four-, and six-litres/min. But because my lungs were not functioning well, it did not work. I remembered vividly the day I had extreme difficulty in breathing, and felt that I was dying. I thought: “Am I dying?”
The doctors and nurses at the ICU acted swiftly. At that time, I could not move but heard their conversation clearly. A doctor said, "Don’t worry, we will insert a tube to help you in your breathing".
By my primary school math - if 5%* of infected people require 3 days of ICU and mechanical ventilation to survive and a large segment of the population gets infected it'll result in a huge shortfall of ICU beds and mechanical ventilators which won't help the mortality rate at all.When I came out from ICU, my husband told me that he hadn’t been able to sleep for a few nights.
*from the numbers publicly released 5% might be a conservative estimate.