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COVID-19: Poor outcomes in patients with zinc deficiency
Jothimani et al., International Journal of Infectious Diseases, doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2020.09.014
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Prospective study of zinc levels in 47 hospitalized COVID-19 patients and 45 healthy controls. COVID-19 patients had significantly lower zinc levels (74.5 vs. 105.8 median μg/dl, p < 0.001). 57.4% of COVID-19 patients were zinc deficient, and they had higher rates of complications, ARDS, prolonged hospital stay, and increased mortality.
risk of death, 89.7% lower, RR 0.10, p = 0.06, high zinc levels 0 of 20 (0.0%), low zinc levels 5 of 27 (18.5%), NNT 5.4, relative risk is not 0 because of continuity correction due to zero events (with reciprocal of the contrasting arm).
risk of ICU admission, 92.4% lower, RR 0.08, p = 0.02, high zinc levels 0 of 20 (0.0%), low zinc levels 7 of 27 (25.9%), NNT 3.9, relative risk is not 0 because of continuity correction due to zero events (with reciprocal of the contrasting arm).
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Jothimani et al., 10 Sep 2020, prospective, India, peer-reviewed, 11 authors.
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