Renowned Chinese respiratory specialist Zhong Nanshan speaks at a press conference in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Feb. 18, 2020. (Xinhua/Deng Hua)
Large amount of very sticky mucus in small airways a prominent symptom of the novel coronavirus patients, says Chinese respiratory specialist Zhong Nanshan.
GUANGZHOU, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The novel coronavirus has a prominent feature whereby patients have a large amount of very sticky mucus in their small airways, said renowned Chinese respiratory specialist Zhong Nanshan at a press conference in Guangzhou on Thursday.
Obstruction of the airway can lead to secondary infections, said Zhong. "We are working to solve the problem," he said.
The mortality rate among critically ill patients in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, is close to 60 percent, Zhong said, adding that experts are searching for solutions to hypoxia, and some new methods have proved effective in relieving breathing difficulties of patients in Wuhan. ■