New York (The Verge) — Coronavirus data from outside the outbreak epicenter is just as valuable as from the inside theverge.com/2020/2/12/2113….
In the center of the outbreak, scientists learn how the coronavirus affects people on average. Outside the hot zone, they can get more detail on each individual patient.
In the past week, researchers have published reports on large groups of coronavirus patients in China. One described the way the illness affected 138 patients at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, finding that around a quarter had to be cared for in the intensive care unit and that some patients had atypical symptoms like diarrhea and nausea. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that hospitalized patients passed the virus to 40 health care workers. Another team analyzed 1,099 patients from over 500 hospitals in China. In that set, fever and cough were the most common symptoms, and around 15 percent developed severe pneumonia. The data, which was published as a preprint, hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed or published in a journal. — Nicole Wetsman/@verge