First week and half especially dangerous after discharge from hospital

New York: Many previous studies have shown that patients are at high risk of persistent health problems, trips back to hospital, and even death in the first few months after being hospitalized in Covid-19. Now researchers have found that the first week and a half might be particularly dangerous.

Covid-19 patients were 40 to 60 percent higher risk of ending up in hospital or dying in the first 10 days than similar patients treated for heart failure or pneumonia in the same hospitals in the same months.

At the end of 60 days, Covid-19 patients’ overall risk of readmission or death was lower than that of the other two serious illnesses, the results published in JAMA reported.

Even so, in the first two months, nine percent of Covid-19 patients who survived the hospital stay had died, and nearly 20 percent had suffered a setback that sent them back to hospital.

That adds to the 18.5 percent who died during their hospital stay.

“If we compare the long-term results of Covid-19 patients with those of other seriously ill patients, we see a pattern with an above-average risk in the first one to two weeks, which can be a risky time for everyone. Said the study author from the University of Michigan in the USA.

The most common reasons for re-hospitalization were Covid-19 (30 percent of patients) and sepsis (8.5 percent). More than 22 percent of re-admitted veterans went to intensive care.

“Unfortunately, this is further evidence that Covid-19 is not” one and the same “. For many patients, Covid-19 appears to trigger cascades of problems that are just as severe as those we see with other diseases, ”the team wrote.

The research team hopes to continue to examine new data from Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA hospitals as they become available, and to compare post-hospital Covid-19 results to those for other serious illnesses.

“Comparisons with patients hospitalized for influenza and other viral diseases would be important to investigate given the widespread false claims that Covid-19 is only a minor illness,” they noted.