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26 Percent Of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Admitted For Other Reasons: Study


About a quarter of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were admitted for other reasons, according to a new study. Researchers with Massachusetts General Hospital led the study, which analyzed a random selection of electronic health records from COVID-19 patients in 60 hospitals across four U.S. health care systems. Researchers manually reviewed the charts for the admissions, which occurred between March 2020 and August 2021. They then classified each admission as with COVID-19, described as incidental, or for COVID-19. Some 26 percent of the patients were confirmed as incidental admissions. For 6 percent of the patients, researchers couldn’t make a determination. The rest were admitted for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. Incidental admissions were categorized as having symptoms unlikely to be related to COVID-19 for reasons such as trauma, pregnancy, or an operation requiring hospitalization. Admissions for COVID-19 were categorized as having manifestations attributable to the disease, such as …  » Read full article

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