Diabetic patients with COVID-19 are at higher risk of ICU admission and poor short-term outcomes (search done: 25 March 2020)

Added June 2, 2020

Citation: Roncon L, Zuin M, Rigatelli G, Zuliani G. Diabetic patients with COVID-19 infection are at higher risk of ICU admission and poor short-term outcome. Journal of Clinical Virology. 2020 Apr 9:104354.

What is this? The presence of certain comorbidities, such as diabetes mellitus, may represent potential risk factors for poorer outcomes for patients with COVID-19.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies that evaluated the risk of intensive care unit (ICU) admission and risk of mortality in 10 or more patients with COVID-19 infection and provided information on the patients’ diabetic status. They restricted their search to articles published in English and did the search on 25 March 2020. They included eight studies, which evaluated the risk of ICU admission (4 studies) or mortality (4). The reviewers classified the studies as high (7 studies) or moderate (1) quality.

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that diabetic patients with COVID-19 had a higher risk to be admitted to the ICU and a higher mortality risk during the infection.


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