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Full Spectrum of COVID-19 Severity Still Being Depicted

Published time: 14 February 2020

Authors: Zhou Xu, Shu Li, Shen Tian, Hao Li, Ling-quan Kong

Keywords: Covid-19, infection, Wuhan


Chaolin Huang and colleagues1 first reported the clinical features of patients infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; previously known as 2019-nCoV), which emerged in Wuhan, China. Their study will contribute to the diagnosis and treatment of 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Meanwhile, the conclusions have caused a certain degree of social panic.

Huang and colleagues1 only included 59 suspected cases with fever and dry cough, and 41 patients were confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2. They concluded that SARS-CoV-2 infection was associated with a high rate of admission to intensive care units (13 [32%] of 41 patients) and mortality (six [15%] of 41 patients); however, we believe these conclusions were inaccurate and misleading.

Full spectrum of COVID-19 severity still being depicted



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