The semantic of a pandemic: Are cardiovascular patients dying "with" or "from" COVID-19? Reflections from a case report

Medicine (Baltimore)

6 March Mar 2021 one month ago
  • Mapelli M, Mantegazza V, Agostoni P

Northern Italy has been particularly hit by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Italian deceased patients have a mean age of 78.5 years and only 1.2% have no comorbidities. These data started a public debate whether patients die "with" or "from" Covid-19. If on one hand the public opinion has been persuaded to believe that Covid-19 infection has poor outcomes just in elderly and/or fragile subjects, on the other hand, hospitals are admitting an increasing number of healthy young patients needing semi-intensive or intensive care units.

Reference

Mapelli M, Mantegazza V, Agostoni P. The semantic of a pandemic: Are cardiovascular patients dying "with" or "from" COVID-19? Reflections from a case report. Medicine (Baltimore) 2021 Mar 5;100(9):e25072. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000025072

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