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Epidemiology and clinical features of emergency department patients with suspected COVID-19: Insights from Australia's 'second wave' (COVED-4)

Gerard M O'Reilly, Robert D Mitchell, Biswadev Mitra, Hamed Akhlaghi, Viet Tran, Jeremy S Furyk, Paul Buntine, Anselm Wong, Vinay Gangathimmaiah, Jonathan Knott, Max Raos, Erica Chatterton, Carolyne Sevior, Sophie Parker, Samuel Baker, Ashley Loughman, Nicole Lowry, Dylan Freeman, Muhuntha Sri-Ganeshan, Nicole Chapman Show all



OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to describe the epidemiology and clinical features of patients presenting to the ED with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 during Australia's 'second wave'. METHODS: The COVID-19 ED (COVED) Project is an ongoing prospective cohort study in Australian EDs. This analysis presents data from 12 sites across four Australian states for the period from 1 July to 31 August 2020. All adult patients who met the criteria for 'suspected COVID-19' and underwent testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the ED were eligible for inclusion. Study outcomes included a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result, mechanical ventilation and in-hospital mortality. RESULTS: There were 106 136 prese..

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