Reading this article in the New York Times gave me a much-needed little jolt of hope this morning:
From the article "What Doctors on the Front Lines Wish They'd Known a Month Ago":
"Some patients, by taking oxygen and rolling onto their sides or on their bellies, have quickly returned to normal levels. The tactic is called proning."
"At Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, Dr. Nicholas Caputo followed 50 patients who arrived with low oxygen levels between 69 and 85 percent (95 is normal). After five minutes of proning, they had improved to a mean of 94 percent. Over the next 24 hours, nearly three-quarters were able to avoid intubation; 13 needed ventilators. Proning does not seem to work as well in older patients, a number of doctors said."
Even with the caveat that the technique doesn't work as well for older patients, and of course the whole treatment situation is very experimental and on-the-fly, as a caregiver to an elder with a DNR who does not want extreme measures like intubation, I found this article very heartening!