“Coronavirus ‘tipped over’ patients who would have died of other causes within year, says Shaare Zedek head Ofer Merin”

Most people we lost to COVID were already near death — Jerusalem hospital chief
by Nathan Jeffay
May 20, 2020

A hospital chief said most COVID-19 patients who died at his institution had around a year’s life expectancy. “Coronavirus was the thing that tipped them over, but to be honest, for most of these patients who died here in Shaare Zedek, the chance is they had a year of life expectancy, not much more,” said Ofer Merin. Around 1 in 10 Israelis who have died from coronavirus succumbed at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where Merin is director-general. Almost all of the institution’s fatalities were both elderly and had other diseases, he told The Times of Israel. READ MORE

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