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Full Blood Count Can Predict Severity Of COVID-19 Patients, Study Finds

A full blood count of Covid-19 patients predicts fairly accurately whether the infection will have a complicated course or not, says a new study.

Such predictions can make it easier for healthcare providers to estimate the expected clinical picture.

This study, conducted in eleven hospitals, was published in the journal eLife.

“By using certain techniques, the character of certain blood cells can be better determined and by using these new techniques, we have been able to develop a reliable prognostic score,” said principal investigator Andre van der Ven of Radboud University Medical Center in in the Netherlands.

“This score gives a good insight into whether a serious course of events can be expected and can help healthcare professionals to make treatment decisions”.

In patients presenting to hospitals with a Covid-19 infection, full blood count analysis (hemocytometry) are commonly performed at the emergency department and during hospitalisation.

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Covid-19 is accompanied by specific changes in the circulating blood cells that are analysed by a full blood count.

These changes in the blood cells, especially those that can be identified using new techniques, were used to create an algorithm with a predictive value.

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