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Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2020. 5:27 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services addressed the use of ventilators for COVID-19 patients stressing that, contrary to some speculations, ventilators are not responsible for the deaths of those patients.

Manzanero, appearing on the Government of Belize’s weekly live stream Ask the Experts, said that he needed to address the issue because the question was being repeatedly being asked, and the assertion repeatedly being made that ventilators played a role in the untimely death of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

“I think we need to stress that ventilators are not what kills people,” Manzanero said. “People who are going to be connected to a ventilator are people who are going to be severely ill. So if you’re going to be connected to a ventilator, your mortality rate is going to be higher because you warranted going on a ventilator.”

Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, ventilators have been used to support patients with severe cases of the virus to either support their breathing or take over breathing for them depending on the level of complications they were experiencing.

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