Features of 20,133 UK patients in hospital with COVID-19 using the ISARIC WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol: prospective observational cohort study

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Amended from article by ISARIC

The largest prospective observational study to date provides a comprehensive picture of the patients’ outcomes and characteristics that have been hospitalised in the UK with COVID-19. Age, gender, obesity and underlying illness have emerged as risk factors for severe COVID-19 in the UK, according to the largest cohort study to date published by The BMJ.

“Our study identifies sectors of the population that are at greatest risk of a poor outcome, and shows the importance of forward planning and investment in preparedness studies,” Dr Calum Semple, The BMJ

As an ongoing study, it has now recruited over 43,000 patients. The findings will help health professionals learn more about how the illness progresses and enable us to compare the UK with other countries.

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