Screenshot of Chilliwack General Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Marc Greidanus in the second of two YouTube videos about COVID-19 created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network. (YouTube)

Screenshot of Chilliwack General Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Marc Greidanus in the second of two YouTube videos about COVID-19 created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network. (YouTube)

VIDEO: Getting real with Dr. Marc about COVID-19 in Chilliwack

Virus makes the blood ‘sticky’ which can lead to breathing problems, even stroke and heart attack

People are dying of COVID-19 in Chilliwack and it’s not just older people.

That’s part of the message from emergency room physician Dr. Marc Greidanus in the second of two YouTube videos created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network.

*Warning – This video may be uncomfortable and not suitable for some viewers.

In the video, Dr. Marc explains that COVID-19 is like the cold virus with a deadly difference.

“It seems to make your blood stickier and cause little tiny clots,” he says. “That has been giving young people strokes and heart attack.”

He says the clots can also clog up the lungs making it harder to breathe, leading to further medical interventions such as the need to “blast” oxygen into the nostrils, or put patients on ventilators.

“It’s not a fun thing to witness. It’s not a fun thing to have happen.”

In the first in what will be a series of videos, Dr. Marc explains the pros and cons of different types of masks.

The videos are available on the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce YouTube channel.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Chilliwack ER doc runs through pros and cons of various masks


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