Even as new coronavirus infections soar in the United States, a new study offers one piece of good news: Severely ill COVID-19 patients are significantly more likely to survive now compared to a few months ago.
In fact, deaths for COVID-19 patients in intensive care units have fallen by nearly a third in North America, Asia and Europe since the start of the pandemic, researchers report.
Overall, ICU deaths fell from nearly 60% at the end of March to 42% by the end of May.
That translates to tens of thousands of lives saved and “may reflect the rapid learning that has taken place on a global scale” of what drugs work (for example, remdesivir and dexamethasone) or don’t (hydroxychloroquine) to beat back COVID-19, according to a team led by Tim Cook. He’s a consultant in anesthesia and intensive care medicine at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust in England.
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