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We Can Stop Preventable COVID Deaths by Urgently Prioritising Medical Oxygen and Essential Critical Care

The COVID-19 pandemic is a critical illness crisis, with more than two million deaths worldwide and hospitals overburdened with 67 percent of COVID-19 admissions requiring oxygen. With the emergence of new variants and the rise of second or third epidemic waves, there is unprecedented demand for oxygen as a life-sustaining, first-line therapeutic and an essential resource when caring for the critically ill.

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We Must Stop Flying Blind: Building on Existing Systems In Low- and Middle-Income Countries To Improve the COVID-19 Response

COVID- 19 has brought a sense of urgency to decision-making that typically would have taken many months and years of deliberation. Central to this uncertainty is the glaring lack of knowledge on just how big the burden of COVID-19 truly is. The pandemic has highlighted concerning gaps in data and weaknesses in surveillance systems that have long hampered public health systems globally, especially in low- and middle- income countries (LMIC).

A figure showing that the patients with the most critical cases are a small percentage but their case takes most of the resources required.

Strengthening the Basics: Approaches to COVID-19 Care in Low-Resource Settings

This blog focuses on hospital treatment for COVID-19 patients in low-resource-settings, considering what we know about the spectrum of COVID-19 illness and what this tells us about where resources might best be focused in low-resource-settings. As elsewhere, decision makers, global and local, must prioritise resourcing and capacity development for the ward-level care and simple oxygen therapy that most hospitalised COVID-19 patients will need—not the high-end clinical care that may well be impossible to scale-up in time in countries with limited resources.