Most COVID-19 patients under 50 recover without oxygen therapy, Korean study shows

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Published: 2020-08-03 11:37

Last Updated: 2020-08-03 11:41


Most COVID-19 patients under 50 recover without oxygen therapy, Korean study shows
Most COVID-19 patients under 50 recover without oxygen therapy, Korean study shows

The majority of people in South Korea under the age of 50 recovered from coronavirus without receiving oxygen therapy, according to a study conducted by the Korean National Medical Centre on Monday.

The study was carried out on 3,060 COVID-19 patients who have been treated in 55 hospitals across South Korea between January 20 - when the first case was reported in the country - and May 31.

The study indicated that only 1.2% of patients under the age of 50 required oxygen therapy 14 days after showing symptoms.

In contrast, 17.3% of patients above the age of 50 needed oxygen therapy to get treated.

After 28 days of showing symptoms, only 1.5% of patients aged under 50 required oxygen therapy, in contrast, 13.2% of patients aged 50 or more needed oxygen therapy.

The mortality rate among those under 50 was zero on the 28th day of showing symptoms, but the figures were 0.5% for patients in their fifties, and for those in their sixties, seventies, eighties or more, it rose to 0.9%, 5.8%, and 14%, respectively.

The study was published in the latest edition of the Journal of Korean Medical Science issued by the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences.