Explained: How and Why Covid-19 Has Led to Clamour for Oxygen Across the Country
As the coronavirus cases in the country explode, hospitals face a perilous shortage of oxygen. In the grip of a second wave, India on Wednesday reported 2,95,041 new Covid-19 cases, a record spike seen in 24 hours. Along with the national capital of Delhi, several states, including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, have reported an ongoing or an impending oxygen shortage.
Covid-19 affects the patient's respiratory system in a way that leads to shortness of breath. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can infect the respiratory epithelial cells, which protect the respiratory tract from pathogens and infections and also facilitate gas exchange in the lungs.