Cases, Deaths, Hospitalizations: How to Make Sense of COVID-19 Stats

Cases, Deaths, Hospitalizations: How to Make Sense of COVID-19 Stats

Another important number to experts is the percentage of occupied beds in an intensive care unit (ICU) occupied by COVID-19 patients. “It shouldn’t be easier to find cases.” But that doesn’t mean more testing will ultimately show more cases. “While case counts are an important number to track, they can be influenced by the number of tests that are being done. Previously there were a lot of COVID-19 cases that we couldn’t diagnose because we didn’t have the capacity to test,” Miller said. It’s also an important number because of the costs associated with being hospitalized with COVID-19.

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