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The new research reveals a clearer distinction between covid-19 and flu: Among hospitalized patients, COVID-19 was associated with an increased need for ventilators, more admissions into intensive care units, longer hospital stays and nearly five times the risk of death than faced by those with the flu.

And although both illnesses attack the lungs, the analysis showed COVID-19 also can damage other organs.The researchers examined information involving 3,641 patients hospitalized in the U.S with COVID-19 at some point from Feb 1 through June 17, as well as 12,676 patients hospitalized with the flu at some point from Jan 1, 2017, through Dec 31, 2019.

Among patients hospitalized for either COVID-19 or the flu, those infected with the novel coronavirus were nearly five times more likely to die than those with influenza. One of the biggest surprises in the study was the finding of a higher risk of developing diabetes among COVID-19 patients than flu patients.

The researchers also found that, when compared with the flu, COVID-19 was associated with a higher risk of acute kidney damage and severe sepsis shock. Also, people with COVID-19 also required more medications to treat severely low blood pressure, a condition that can lead to organ damage and death.

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https://www.bmj.com/content/371/bmj.m4677
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