Patients who are admitted to the hospital within a shorter span of time – from the onset of a symptom – are likely to be more at risk, according to a study presented earlier this week at the online ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease.

As per the study, “a shorter time from symptom onset to hospitalisation is associated with a more serious disease and death in patients with Covid-19.”

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy.

The researchers assessed Covid-19 patients presented to the Huntington Memorial Hospital, in Pasadena, California for care after varying duration of symptom onset.

They evaluated the characteristics of the patients and the correlation between the timeline of symptoms prior to hospitalisation and the resultant outcomes of 252 patients.

“All patients who were hospitalised from home due to Covid-19 between March 14, 2020 to May 14, 2020

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