Dr Hilary stuns Piers Morgan with coronavirus hospital survival numbers
Dr Hilary left his Good Morning Britain co-star Piers Morgan stunned by revealing the “stark” survival rate figures of those suffering from coronavirus in hospitals.
Piers asked Dr Hilary what the survival rate of the deadly virus was, saying we “often hear about the death figures” but never about those who have overcome Covid-19 in hospital.
Dr Hilary then explained the figures to his co-hosts Piers and Susanna Reid, who said the rates were “utterly tragic”.
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Piers said during Thursday’s episode of the ITV show: "It's quite important to talk about the death toll a lot – and rightly because people have been losing their lives in large numbers.
"What is the survival rate? People are saying we don't see many people coming out of hospital. What is the reality, in hospitals for example?"
Dr Hilary replied: "Okay, this will shock some people but currently of those most severely affected by coronavirus and who are admitted to hospital, half of them will recover and discharged but 30% will lose their lives and the other 20% are still in hospital.
"So that's stark and those figures have been compared to the mortality rate of Ebola, one of the most feared infections in the world in the last few years.
"That's why we have to take this so very seriously."
Susanna, clearly shocked by the explanation, replied: “What percentage of people who get covid end up in hospital? Because when we talk about survival rates, as you say, that's a grim, utterly tragic figure.
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"But as a whole, among the general population, Covid will be something you may not even know you had and most people, presumably, do recover."
To which Dr Hilary replied: “It’s very important to reiterate that. Many people have no symptoms whatsoever. Some people just have mild or moderate symptoms and never need to go into hospital.
“It’s only the small percentage of people, for reasons we don’t fully understand, with the most severe symptoms that need to go into hospital. Clearly, many of them are elderly, many of them have pre-existing conditions which make them more vulnerable.
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