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The role of remdesivir in South Africa : preventing COVID-19 deaths through increasing intensive care unit capacity

Nichols, Brooke E. ; Jamieson, Lise ; Zhang, Sabrina R. C. ; Rao, Gabriella A. ; Silal, Sheetal ; Pulliam, Juliet R. C. ; Sanne, Ian ; Meyer-Rath, Gesine (2021-05)

CITATION: Nichols, B. E. et al. 2020. The Role of Remdesivir in South Africa: Preventing COVID-19 Deaths Through Increasing Intensive Care Unit Capacity. Clinical Infectious Diseases: 72(9), 1642–1644, doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa937

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Countries such as South Africa have limited intensive care unit (ICU) capacity to handle the expected number of patients with COVID-19 requiring ICU care. Remdesivir can prevent deaths in countries such as South Africa by decreasing the number of days people spend in ICU, therefore freeing up ICU bed capacity.

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