Researchers looked at data on 1,150 adults with confirmed COVID-19 infections in two New York City hospitals and found that 22% of these patients were critically ill and required treatment in an intensive care or high dependency unit, and 79% of critically ill patients needed a ventilator to breathe.
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-fifth of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in New York City have critical illness, and nearly 80% of critically ill patients need ventilators to help them breathe, according to a new study.
The findings have important implications for U.S. hospitals, specifically the need to prepare for large numbers of COVID-19 patients who require intensive care, the researchers said. The study was published May 19 in The Lancet journal.
Since January, the United States has had more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 90,000 deaths.