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I’ve admitted a handful of patients with COVID-19 to the ICU as they deteriorate, as so far the most common clinical presentation is progressive hypoxemia (e.g. SpO2 90% on a non-rebreather mask) with a modestly elevated respiratory rate (20-30), and very little distress. Unlike most of the typical admissions to the ICU, the patients are awake and lucid. They ask normal questions about their illness, like “Am I going to be okay?” and “Do I need a ventilator?“ Unsurprisingly, I rarely know the answers and I’d like to say something helpful. I’ve been using the phrase, “We’re going to take good care of you.” I’d like to hear how others have been approaching these conversations during the pandemic. What do you say to your patients?