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Number of patients hospitalized ‘with COVID’ vs. ‘for COVID’ is shifting

The Orange County Register, Jan. 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Number of patients hospitalized ‘with COVID’ vs. ‘for COVID’ is shifting

In the early days of the pandemic, “the overwhelming majority of people who were COVID-positive were there (in the hospital) because of respiratory need,” said Dr. Shruti Gohil, associate medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UC Irvine Medical Center. … “It’s a totally different landscape now,” because when the virus was new, no one had immunity, Gohil said. … At UCI Medical Center, Gohil and [Dr. Daniel] Chow estimate the split is now close to 50/50 among COVID-positive patients who get admitted for symptoms or complications of the disease and patients with some other primary diagnosis.