.@SecAzar publicly announced in February that the government was establishing a “surveillance” system in five American cities to measure the spread of the virus and enable experts to project the next hot spots. It was delayed for weeks.
@koutterson Hi Kevin, thanks for highlighting this paper. After a first, quick read, it looks to me very similar to the earlier one in the Lancet. All patient received empirical antibiotic therapy and in it was apparently ineffective in all those who died.
@koutterson Furthermore, all deceased patients had sepsis as defined by "cytokine storm" criteria and lymphopenia as I understand it. However, the origin of the sepsis was never addressed: ie was it the result of extremely high titer virus in the blood or was it bacterial sepsis...
@koutterson ..., ie the result of a secondary bacterial infection in the bloodstream. This is what we need to know asap because if it is overwhelmingly bacterial sepsis, but depending on when & how fast it occurs, we could save many patients using correct antibiotic administration.