Likely ICU bed use for COVID 19 in comparision with influenza

This article looks at the impact on ICU beds due to seasonal flu and the comparative effect of COVID-19’s impact on this if we don’t act.

A bad flu season can result in 2500 ICU admisisons. Depending on how many Australians are infected, Australia is predicted to have between 250-000 and 750-000 ICU admissions (and for double the usual ICU time) from COVID 19.

Normally there are around 161-000 ICU admissions in Australia. These people will still get sick, as well as the COVID 19 patients.

There is a desperate need to “flatten the curve” and source more ICU beds, this is why elective surgery in Australia is about to shut down.

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Dr Lachlan Soper