The mortality rate for coronavirus patients admitted to intensive care has exceeded 50%, according to the latest figures.
One study found that more than half of the ICU patient sample died from the deadly virus, while the remaining 50% were released.
In comparison, only 22.4% of patients admitted to intensive care for viral pneumonia between 2017 and 2019 died from the disease.
Mortality rate for coronavirus patients admitted to intensive care has exceeded 50%, latest figures show
The shocking statistics come as the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has climbed to 4,313 with more than 41,900 cases confirmed.
The National Center for Critical Care Research and Audit (ICNARC) has found that of 690 coronavirus patients in intensive care with known results, 346 have died.
Of the 346 deaths, 259 were males. The remaining 344 were released.
A sample of 2,249 patients with coronavirus was used by ICNARC. The remaining 1,559 patients are still in intensive care.
One study found that more than half of the ICU patient sample died from the deadly virus, while the remaining 50% were released. Pictured: a paramedic outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London
The patients had a median age of 61 years and a total of 73% of those admitted to the intensive care units with coronavirus were men.
As of Friday noon, figures are from 286 NHS intensive care units and combined intensive care and highly dependent units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Some specialized and non-NHS intensive care units also submitted data.
The study found that 62.9% of intensive care coronavirus patients needed mechanical ventilation in the first 24 hours.
The largest concentration of patients was in London, 949 of them being managed through three London Operational Delivery Networks, the patient care coordination system in the capital.
The shocking statistics come as the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK stands at 4,313 with more than 41,900 cases confirmed. In the photo: an ambulance leaves a London hospital
The data showed that of the 2,249 cases in the sample, 1,899 could live without daily assistance, and only 151 had previously been diagnosed with a life-threatening or life-limiting serious illness (co-morbidity).
Of those who died in intensive care, only 41 had previously diagnosed comorbidity.
One of the main risk factors was age – 175 people who died in intensive care were over the age of 70, while 142 were aged 50 to 69.
Only 29 of the deaths involved people aged 16 to 49.