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Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com Jun. 27, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

New research from Italy: Hospital mortality rates are falling

 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20477724.2020.1785782 

Between March and May, the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in Milan declined from 24% to 2%—"without significant changes in patients’ age."

Reasons why this might be happening:

- Better understanding of disease
- Improved patient management of systems
- More targeted treatments, esp for hyper-inflammation and microvascular thrombosis
- Declines in pollution following lockdown
- Small possibility of viral mutation

In the US, new COVID cases have spiked to all-time highs, but deaths have not. Why?

Well, there's a lag between confirmed cases and deaths, we're testing more, and the new cases seem to be younger.

But it's also possible that this is partly about better hospital outcomes.

Also, note that COVID mortality rates declined in Italy when hospitals weren't overrun with patients. This is why flattening the curve isn't just a buzzy slogan. It's a matter of life and death for people in the hospital.

Universal caveats:

1) This disease is very dangerous for people of all ages, even if the risk differs by age and the fatality rate is, for whatever reason, declining
2) It's just one study, and the science here is dynamic


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