The Atlantic: ‘COVID-19 Is a Delirium Factory’

The Atlantic: ‘COVID-19 Is a Delirium Factory’. “The respiratory failure that afflicts the most critically ill COVID-19 patients—acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)—requires mechanical ventilation. Eighty percent of patients on a ventilator suffer from a hallucinogenic state known as ICU delirium, during which they form false, and often frightening, memories. Because these delusional memories are based on real-life stimuli, they’re more vivid than a nightmare—according to Jesse Vanderhoof, they feel ‘as real as real can get.'”