JAMA published today the largest case series to date, to our knowledge, of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (N = 5700) in the US, and the findings are sobering.1 The study reports clinical and demographic characteristics of a cohort of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 between March 1 and April 4, 2020, in one of 12 urban and suburban hospitals in the metropolitan New York City region. The authors draw on detailed clinical data from electronic health records, including vital signs, laboratory tests, medications, and comorbid conditions, in a racially and ethnically diverse cohort (23% African American; 23% Hispanic; 19% with a preferred language other than English). Given all these strengths, and that New York has experienced the largest COVID-19 outbreak in the US, this study is a valuable contribution to the growing medical literature on COVID-19.
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