Frank_Butcher wrote: Anyway, yes I get that. But is there any evidence that early intervention increases survival rates for Covid? I didn't think there was - though of course that will change with introduction of therapeutics (Remdesvir seems to be the first but even that is cited to shorten the symptomatic cycle rather than improve outcomes).
Early days, for sure, but a lot of research and studies in the UK (albeit looking at data from China, South Korea, etc) suggests that getting a patient onto oxygen early has a marked difference on survival rates. It's in the second week of a serious Covid infection where the body's immune system starts to attack itself and the lungs become inflamed, and that's the point our healthcare system starts to get interested in admitting patients onto wards or into ITU. But early studies suggest that admitting them and getting a patient onto oxygen early enough significantly reduces the need for intubation (and, as was said to me by one consultant here, once you are intubated, your chances of coming off and making a recovery from Covid-19 is around 7% - 10%). But, early days: there'll be research and a lot of hindsight, but I wager early intervention will be seen to be a key factor of surviving serious cases of Covid-19.