20% of COVID Patients Caught Disease at Hospital

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Figures released from NHS England suggest that up to 20% of hospital patients with COVID-19 were infected at the hospital, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson went so far as to call deaths from hospital-acquired COVID-19 an epidemic
  • A rapid review and meta-analysis of 40 studies found an even higher rate of nosocomial (originating in a hospital) infections, revealing that, among the confirmed patients, the proportions of nosocomial infections were 44% for COVID-19, 36% for SARS and 56% for MERS
  • The “high-tech” hospitals of modern day, with their enclosed, indoor close quarters, may be facilitating the spread of disease far more so than open-air hospitals of yesteryear
  • Records from an open-air hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 to 1919 suggest that patients and staff there, who were treated outdoors in fresh air and sunlight, were spared the worst of the outbreak

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