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

TIMES OF ISRAEL
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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