Carbon monoxide attaches to red blood cells, stealing oxygen from your body it needs to thrive. It mixes with these cells more than 200 times more effortlessly than oxygen, creating a condition known as carboxyhemoglobin saturation.
Carbon monoxide, in place of oxygen, then gets carried to the vital organs by the bloodstream. Simply put, carbon monoxide starves your body of oxygen. Organs require oxygen; without it, they begin to suffocate.
Your body needs a long time to get rid of carbon monoxide; however, it can be drawn in much more quickly.