“Up to 80% of ventilated coronavirus patients will die”

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The expected mortality rate for patients on respirators would be 50% to 80% (Photo: Reuters / Getty)

Volunteers ready to help coronavirus patients at the new NHS Nightingale hospital have reportedly said that up to 80% of people on respirators would die.

Those who have given up their time to help staff at the 4,000-bed emergency facility in east London are said to have been warned that they “would die”, with an expected death rate of 50% to 80 % for people on ventilation.

Construction work to transform the ExCel convention center in east London started on Wednesday. A week later, the facility is almost ready to open, with photos showing installed beds, ready-to-use ventilators, and labeled medical equipment.

However, the temporary hospital would see a shortage of doctors before it opens, according to a MailOnline report.

The Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel conference center in the Docklands area of ​​London, Great Britain, March 31, 2020 (Photo: EPA)
The ventilators are stored and ready for use by coronavirus patients at the ExCel center (Photo: PA)

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Many NHS staff isolate themselves at home to check for coronavirus, but press for immediate testing so that they can come back to the front line if the result is negative.

The government has confirmed that only 2,000 NHS workers have been tested for coronavirus while health services employ 1.3 million people.

This means that just over 0.15% of the NHS has so far been checked for the life-threatening virus to be treated.

NHS England has written to trusts asking them to lift restrictions on the Covid-19 test for NHS employees.

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said this morning that 15,000 people would be tested daily by the end of the week, including 25,000 daily in mid-April.

The government has been criticized by those who point to other countries that manage to test more people – especially in Germany, where 500,000 tests are performed every week.

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against COVID-19, walks past Finsbury Park tube station in north London (Photo: AFP via Getty Images)
Paramedics and an ambulance are seen outside the Excel Center in London as he prepares to become the NHS Nightingale Hospital (Photo: Reuters)

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said today at a press briefing in Westminster: “As far as the front line staff of the NHS have been tested overall, they are now over 2 000 and staff will receive the results over the next few days. “

He added later, “We are very clear that we want more testing done, and that we are working with the NHS England, Public Health England and others to ensure this happens. “

Metro.co.uk contacted NHS Nightingale for a comment.

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