The results of this case series show that only approximately one-fifth of patients who died of COVID-19 received invasive mechanical ventilation and further aggressive respiratory support prior to death, indicating that many patients had delayed intubation.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been very severe in China. As of March 2020, many tens of thousands of patients have had confirmed COVID-19, and cases have been increasing daily. The mortality is much higher in Wuhan, China, than in other cities. To understand the characteristics of patients who die of COVID-19, we analyzed 168 patients with COVID-19–induced pneumonia who died.
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