Ahn June-hong, professor of internal medicine at Yeungnam University Medical Center in South Korea, told Reuters the research could be helpful to tackle the disease earlier.
The big-brained doctors’ new findings could help other medics identify and prioritise high-risk patients at an early stage of the respiratory disease.
A new study reveals four risk factors which could put a coronavirus patient at a higher risk of being severely affected by the potentially life-threatening bug
Top boffins have revealed four underlying health conditions they say would place a coronavirus patient at a higher risk of dying from the terrible virus.
In a paper published by the Journal of Korean Medical Science on June 2, Ahn and other South Korean doctors wrote that four key risk factors were shown to be the “prognostic factors” for severe Covid-19.
Top medical experts and scientists are busy investigating risk factors for patients who develop severe cases of the disease, which has killed more than 400,000 globally since it first emerged late last year in China.
– high body temperature
The team of doctors observed 110 coronavirus patients at a hospital in Daegu, the epicentre of South Korea’s outbreak, from February 19 to April 15.
– and pre-existing cardiac injury.
– low oxygen saturation
Of the 110 patients in the Yeungnam University Medical Center, 23 developed a severe case of coronavirus.
Because such patients were much older than others, they were more likely to have diabetes and lower peripheral oxygen saturation, the paper said.
“I believe using prognostic factors of severe Covid-19 patients will provide an opportunity for physicians to offer those risk-high patients with the best medical care from the early stage of the disease,” he said.
The coronavirus patients with at least three of the four prognostic factors developed severe conditions, Professor Ahn said.
As of midnight on Wednesday, South Korea reported 45 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 11,947, with 276 deaths.