EDITORIAL – Straight talk about what happens to really sick COVID19 patients

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

AN ARMCHAIR MAYOR FOLLOWER writes that we need to take a more candid approach to the messaging around COVID-19 to straighten out the skeptics.

As we approach a critical time in the war against the virus, her point is worth considering.

She says: “For instance, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BREATHE, or RESPIRATORY SHUTDOWN is like drowning and it hurts like hell.”

Well, that would certainly get people’s attention in public service announcements. A little like the warnings on cigarette packages that “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death.”

This sent me looking for more information on how the most severe COVID-19 cases are treated for the virus in hospital.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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4 Comments on EDITORIAL – Straight talk about what happens to really sick COVID19 patients

  1. R A George // April 2, 2020 at 1:24 PM // Reply

    Looks like my 1 cylinder Vivian marine engine.

  2. Hey the photo above the header is so appropriate. Uncle Mel want you (to listen up)..

  3. Frank Dwyer // April 1, 2020 at 1:27 PM // Reply

    If you do not have an advance care directive – now is the time to look into it. (Basically, the B.C.version of a living will. There are differences and you need informed advice). Be sure to search for it on line, the information provided by the government of B.C. Just today, I sent explicit directions to our children that we fervently do not wish to have intervention by mechanical means, should we have the grave misfortune to suffer end stage acute respiratory distress syndrome. We have after all lived into our eighties, or nearly, and intend to go on dancing into the dark. (Be sure to ask for advice on how to do this. I instruct no one on such matters). Meanwhile, we are listening to the health authorities and taking every sensible precaution, but just now about to go for a brisk walk in the sunshine on this glorious afternoon.

  4. Jennie Stadnichuk // April 1, 2020 at 1:05 PM // Reply

    thanks for the excellent diagram info.

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