The first week and a half after hospital discharge are the most dangerous for COVID-19 patients, according to a new study.
The researchers found that they were about 40 percent more likely to be hospitalized or die within 10 days of their departure than people with pneumonia or heart failure.
However, after 60 days, the risk of readmission or death of COVID-19 patients was lower than the risk of patients with other fatal diseases.
The Michigan Medicine team says the results provide evidence that doctors and nurses should be incredibly diligent with coronavirus patients for the first few days after they are discharged.
A new study by Michigan Medicine compared approximately 2,220 coronavirus-treated veterans with 1,600 non-COVID-related pneumonia patients and 3,500 heart failure patients. Pictured: Dr. Rafik Abdou (right) and breathing therapist Babu Paramban are examining a COVID-19 patient at the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 19
Almost 14% of COVID-19 patients were hospitalized or died within 10 days of being discharged, compared to 9.7% of pneumonia patients