Carbon monoxide statistics are wrong!
Carbon monoxide statistics are flat-out wrong. Why? Because symptoms from carbon monoxide
poisoning mimic a huge range of common health problems. This misleads survivors and health professionals, almost
always leading to the wrong diagnosis.
Even though someone may have been exposed to carbon monoxide and experience symptoms typical of poisoning, the
overwhelming majority of mild to mid level poisonings do not end up in doctors offices or emergency rooms.
Therefore, are never identified, diagnosed or accounted for in statistics.
While its victim are usually aware they are experiencing a range of symptoms, they are almost always
unaware that they are due to carbon monoxide. A survivor may then go on to experience a range of
health issues and never know the underlying cause.
As symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning can be so varied and imitate so many common health issues the link to carbon monoxide exposure is
very frequently missed in emergency rooms - and even more commonly missed in clinics and doctors offices.
Even when medical attention is sought, the vast majority of cases are misdiagnosed so the connection to carbon monoxide is
never identified, recorded or tracked in any way.
Survivors never learn they are victims of carbon monoxide poisoning even though they may continue to seek
treatment for directly related health issues and experience short term effects, long term effects, neurological problems, endocrine problems, and other health issues - from
cellular damage, all without ever knowing the real
Two or more people arriving at the same hospital from the same location with similar symptoms are more likely to
be accurately diagnosed. However, a health professional is [much] more likely to think of a microbial cause, drug interaction, or drug overdose than CO poisoning.
Accurate carbon monoxide statistics rely on both accurate reporting and accurate diagnosis. There is no way to
know how many cases are misdiagnosed, there are only guesstimates. Some experts say that for every case accurately
diagnosed, there are at least ten that are misdiagnosed. Others say the number may be [much] higher.
The world is packed with an almost endless number of sources of carbon
monoxide. This means there are potentially a significant number of people being poisoned by without knowing the
cause of their health issues. These poisonings are never tracked or even estimated in carbon monoxide
Something that further distorts carbon monoxide statistics is that even when survivors are properly diagnosed,
there are no systems in place to report or track their ongoing health issues (in any country that we are aware
Just how large and how deep does the carbon monoxide poisoning "iceberg" go? Nobody knows because carbon
monoxide statistics are wrong wrong wrong!
Medical doctors, biochemists, and toxicologists readily recognize carbon monoxide dangers while at unsafe levels in the air and unsafe levels in the body/bloodstream but as a rule, have a
limited understanding of the
true impact, subtleties, and long term effects of
Survivors that "connect the dots" and realize their ongoing effects are tied to their poisoning are the ones
that "get it."
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