Why Australian COVID-19 patients fared better in ICU than those overseas

For one thing, our ICUs have never been stretched to capacity, researchers say

Australian patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 have done relatively well, with an ICU mortality rate much lower than that reported in comparable countries such as the UK and US, a new study shows.

But despite escaping the worst of the pandemic so far, the findings highlight a “substantial” burden of the disease on Australian hospital resources, the researchers say.