What we know about the characteristics of patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19

Dr. Jen Ashton on a new study on hospitalized patients.
2:05 | 12/29/20

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through this hour. We'll start with the latest numbers in the crisis, from Johns Hopkins university, 81.3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. At least 19.3 million right here at home, more than 334,000 American lives lost. Doctor, we talk about numbers, we need to get behind the numbers, we talk about the number of cases, hospitalizations, but there are characterizations about those hospitalized. Correct, T.J., a new study published in the American journal of epidemiology, about those hospitalized with covid-19. Let's take a look. Hospitalized patients have about 1 in 8 chance of dying overall. Mortality found in this study. 34% of hospitalized patients do require icu care, we know that's an issue because icus across the country are at or near capacity, about 12% of hospitalizeded patients require mechanical ventilation. Black patients in this study more likely to be hospitalized but not at a higher Rick of death. Even if you're not hospitalized, you're in better shape maybe -- but what are the numbers to keep in mind? We need to look at covid-19 on that spectrum of severity. For nonhospitalized patients, let's say, if you get sick with covid-19 you're looking at minimum of ten days off the grid, no work, isolation, also there's this post-covid syndrome we talked about affecting anywhere from 10% to 30%, maybe more, residual long-term debilitating symptoms and then overall, right now, according to the confirmed cases in this country, risk of death from covid-19, 1 in 1,000. It's not just the patients who are hospitalized. We all need to remember how to stratify our own risk. We talked about December being a record month, January, February, we could be in -- For sure. We'll see you plenty through out this hour. We tern now to

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