. . . “the median age of death from the virus in the state is 84-years old” . . .
(Does anybody know what the mean age of death from Coronavirus infection is here in the US? Thanks in advance.)
Hospital Medical Chief Calls for Pennsylvania Reopening: We ‘Never Surged’ with Coronavirus
7 May 2020
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steven Shapiro on Wednesday called for Pennsylvania to reopen, laying out statistics showing that the coronavirus pandemic did not overwhelm hospitals in the UPMC system and explaining that “this is a disease of the elderly, sick and poor” and warning that “extended social isolation” cannot continue.
Dr. Shapiro issued the remarks during a roundtable discussion with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) detailing the experiences and findings gleaned from the UPMC hospital system’s battle with the virus.
Shapiro explained that they took steps to prepare for a surge in coronavirus patients by “radically” transforming their hospital operations “to create a safe environment for patients and staff,” delaying non-urgent surgeries, and ramping up telemedicine “38-fold.” While they saw a “steady stream” of patients, a surge never came to fruition. In fact, during the peak, coronavirus patients occupied just two percent of their 5,500 hospital beds and 48 of their 750 available ventilators.
“Subsequently, admissions have been decreasing with very few patients now coming from the community, almost all now being from nursing homes. Of note, in the 36 UPMC-owned senior facilities we have had zero positive cases,” he said, explaining that the outcomes in the hospital system are “similar to the state of Pennsylvania” and noting that the median age of death from the virus in the state is 84-years old.
“The few younger patients who died all had significant preexisting conditions. . . .