Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is when the lungs cannot provide sufficient oxygen to the body’s vital organs. It is a life-threatening condition that is currently being seen among patients with serious cases of Covid-19. Symptoms include severe shortness of breath, shallow rapid breathing, confusion, drowsiness or feeling faint.
Coronaviruses are a new type of virus that are common in animals. Rarely they can also infect humans. In December 2019, a newly-identified coronavirus – 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) – was first identified in Wuhan, a city in China. The disease produces viral pneumonia symptoms.
If you have a chronic (long-term, ongoing) respiratory condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, the arrival of winter can herald an increase in symptoms, more trips to the doctor and a reduction in your quality of life. In the cold weather, people with respiratory diseases can experience shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and coughing.