Chronology of Findings
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April 29, 2020
April 13, 2020
A literature review of existing pharmacologic research into COVID-19
April 6, 2020
March 11, 2020
Old people more vulnerable. People with comorbidities more likely to be hospitalised and result in fatalities. Average shedding of the virus for survivors was 20 days and COVID-19 was detectable until death in non-survivors. The longest observed viral shedding was 37 days. Viral shedding is associated with being infectious to others.
February 28, 2020
WHO Report comes out with their initial epidemiological findings. Median age 51 years. R0 estimated at 2-2.5. Only 2.4% of cases below 18 years of age. Symptoms are said to be Fever and Cough 87.9% and 67.7% of cases. Cases becomes symptomatic 5-6 days from infection. Approximately 80% have a mild disease, 13.8% severe and 6.1% critical. Whilst asymptomatic cases were reported the majority then went on to develop disease. True asymptomatic cases appears rare. Those above 60 years old and with comorbidities at risk. Fatality rate was 3.8% but varies by location. 5.8% in Wuhan and 0.7% in other parts of China. Mortality varied with age. 80 years 21.9%. Median time nationally from symptom onset to case confirmation came down from 12 days to 3 days by early Feb.
February 24, 2020
Looking at those who became critically ill, average wage was 59.7, 61.5% had died at 28 days. The average time from ICU admission to death was 7 days. Those who died were older - average age 64.9 years. 81% developed ARDS and 94% required ventilation. Most patients had organ function damage.
January 24, 2020
By Jan 2nd, 41 patients had been identified with COVID-19. 73% were men. 32% had underlying diseases. Median age was 49. 66% had been exposed to Huanan Seafood Market. Fever and cough showed up in 98% and 76% of cases respectively. 100% got pneumonia. 32% were admitted to ICU and 15% died.
A family of 6 were found to have contracted COVID-19 between Dec 29 - Jan 4 and demonstrated person-to-person transmission. Throat swabs were negative but RT-PCR testing showed an unknown virus confirmed to be COVID-19. They showed symptoms 3-6 days after exposure.