Mortality high among patients with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia

Wuhan doctors publish details of patients’ rapid deterioration in ICU

Patients admitted to ICU with pneumonia related to SARS-CoV-2 have a higher mortality rate than critically ill patients in previous SARS outbreaks, Chinese doctors say.

Patient in ICU

The critical-care doctors reviewed 52 cases admitted to the Wuhan Jin Yin-tan hospital ICU between late December and late January and found that 62% died within 28 days.

In contrast, the comparable published mortality rate among critically ill SARS patients was 43% in a Canadian cohort and even lower in cohorts in Singapore and Hong Kong, they said.

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