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"‘Mild’ May Not Mean What You Think It Means" -Katie Heaney

  • The Cut
  • New York, NY
  • (March 11, 2020)

A common refrain throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been something along the lines of this: 80 percent of people who become infected will suffer mild symptoms, or be asymptomatic. According to Sean Morrison, MD, chair of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, “mild” refers to symptoms mild enough that patients don’t feel the need to call their doctors or go in for a visit. He added, “Deaths from COVID-19 occur for one of three reasons: lung failure because of pneumonia (which means an infection in the lung); an infection overwhelming the body and resulting in sepsis; and kidney failure, again due to the load of the infection on the body.”

— R. Sean Morrison, MD, Professor, Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine, System Chair, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Director, Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, National Palliative Care Research Center

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