Acute lower respiratory tract infections accounted for 56.2% of hospitalized COVID-19 cases in Germany during the first three waves

Als Co-Autor mit Prof. Gün­ter Kampf von der Uni­ver­si­tät Greifswald

The offi­cial num­ber of hos­pi­ta­li­zed COVID-19 cases based on the World Health Orga­niz­a­ti­on defi­ni­ti­on (a per­son with con­fir­med detec­tion of SARS-CoV‑2) is used in public health repor­ting and may have major impli­ca­ti­ons on public health mea­su­res. But the defi­ni­ti­on may not ade­qua­te­ly descri­be whe­ther pati­ents were admit­ted for COVID-19 or if the princi­pal dia­gno­sis was ano­t­her dise­a­se and the pati­ent acqui­red COVID-19 in the hos­pi­tal or was tes­ted posi­ti­ve for SARS-CoV‑2 during the hos­pi­tal stay without any respi­ra­to­ry tract sym­ptoms. That is why we ana­ly­sed the remu­ne­ra­ti­on data of the natio­nal health insuran­ces during the first three COVID-19 waves in Ger­ma­ny (Janu­a­ry 2020―May 2021) pro­vi­ded by the Insti­tu­te for the Hos­pi­tal Remu­ne­ra­ti­on System.

Wei­ter­le­sen im Inter­na­tio­nal Jour­nal of Epidemiology

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