According to a report in The Mirror, Italy’s Bergamo hospital’s ICU is completely full and medics reportedly refer to it as ‘the Apocalypse.’
Footage inside the hospital shows patients wearing bubble helmets. The Italy death toll has surpassed China, the report adds.
The patients wear “plastic bubble” helmets and “gasp for air as the country’s spiralling death rate soared above China’s.”
The bubbles are an attempt to equalise the air pressure in the lungs; they cover the entire head and cause communication difficulties with the staff.
The report explains that “army vehicles have been shipped in to move dozens of coffins from the virus-hit city, which has recorded 93 deaths pushing Italy’s national toll beyond China at 3,405 on Wednesday.”
More form The Mirror:
Hospitals across northern Italy are overwhelmed as the virus spreads out of control.
Asked if Covid-19 is like the flu, Dr Roberto Cosentini, speaking to Sky News in the ward, said: “No, it’s utterly another thing.
“More pneumonia than flu…it’s a very severe pneumonia and so it’s a massive strain for every health system.”
The doctor went on to say: “Every day we see 50 to 60 patients who come into our emergency department with pneumonia and most of them are so severe they need very high levels of FIO2 or oxygen.”
The hospital, in the Lombardy province, is one of the most advanced in Europe but one of the most hard hit in Italy, with Bergamo now the centre of the epidemic.
Other footage shows patients on trolleys in wards, with reportedly every available space, including meeting rooms, being used for patients – with staff desperate for other nations to see what is happening and go into complete lock down or face the same.