Antibody tests may be wrong up to half the time
Patients being treated for coronavirus in California and Washington states spent an average of 10 days in hospital, researchers reported Wednesday.
Few studies have looked at how long virus patients spend in hospital, but the duration of treatment is an important factor during the pandemic, as longer patient stays risk hospitals being overwhelmed by outbreaks.
Longer patient stays are also more expensive than briefer courses of treatment.
Joseph Lewnard at the University of California Berkeley and a team of colleagues looked at medical records for 1,800 coronavirus patients at Kaiser Permanente hospitals in California and Washington.
“The estimated median duration of stay among survivors was 9.3 days and among non-survivors was 12.7 days,” the report notes.
“The estimated median length of stay for all patients admitted to hospital by 9 April 2020 was 10.1 days.”
[Original Source: CNN]