Coronavirus Survival: UK intensive care patients have a 50% chance of pulling through

Coronavirus Survival: UK intensive care patients have a 50% chance of pulling through

Data from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) noted since the end of February, 165 patients went into intensive care in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with 79 dying and 86 have survived and discharged. The Guardian report these figures are an audit of 775 people in intensive care with coronavirus with the remaining 610 continuing to receive the care. One doctor told the newspaper: “The truth is that quite a lot of these individuals [in critical care] are going to die anyway and there is a fear that we are just ventilating them for the sake of it, for the sake of doing something for them, even though it won’t be effective.

“That’s a worry.”


The majority of those who have died were over the age of 70.

However, nine of the 79 who died were aged between 16 and 49.

Gender and weight appear to be significant factors.

Whilst 70 percent of those in intensive care were men, with about a third under the age of 60, this figure was just 15 percent for women under the age of 60.

More than 70 percent were overweight, clinically obese or obese.

Dr Dan Poulter, former Health Services Under-Secretary wrote in The Observer: “NHS staff sickness levels are already high, and they are only going to increase as the Covid-19 outbreak intensifies.

“Many of us are also worried that we may be infected, yet asymptomatic (showing no symptoms) and therefore could be a potential risk to our patients, colleagues and families. That is the last thing that we would want, but we simply do not know.

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17,089 of these were positive.

The Department added: “As of 5pm on 27 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,019 have sadly died.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is one of those who has tested positive, confirming so on Friday shortly after Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

This was days after Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries recovered after testing positive.

Mr Hancock tweeted on Saturday: “Thanks for all the good wishes since I was diagnosed yesterday with #coronavirus.

“Thankfully my symptoms are mild – so now I’m driving forward the effort from home. #StayHomeSaveLives.”

Mr Johnson had tweeted: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

“Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives”

Published at Sun, 29 Mar 2020 04:36:00 +0000