Ventilators May Have Raised Covid Death Rate

The rush to put Covid-19 patients on mechanical ventilators at the start of the pandemic may have raised the death rate, a senior medic has said.   

Dr Alison Pittard, dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine in London, said doctors' evolving understanding of the virus had dramatically upped the survival rate.

She said that in August 84 per cent of people hospitalised with coronavirus survived, compared to just 66 per cent at the start of the pandemic.

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