Table 1

Intergroup comparison between three recent publications

CharacteristicsHuang et al (41 cases)Chan et al
(6 cases)
Chen et al
(99 cases)
Difference between groups (p value)
Age49.0 (17.0)46.2 (28.3)55.5 (17.7)
Sex (female)11/41 (27%)3 (50%)32 (32%)0.4591
Comorbidity13/41 (32%)4 (67%)50 (51%)0.0818
Fever40/41 (98%)5 (83%)82 (83%)0.0345*
Cough31/41 (76%)4 (67%)81 (82%)0.3829
Diarrhoea1/38 (3%)2 (33%)2 (2%)0.016†
Shortness of breath/ difficulty in breath22/40 (55%)NA31 (31%)
Haemoptysis2/39 (5%)NANA
Sputum production11/39 (28%)2 (33%)NA
Myalgia or fatigue18/41 (44%)3 (50%)‡NA
Headache3/38 (8%)NA8 (8%)
Leucopenia10/40 (25%)0 (0%)9 (9%)0.0443§
Platelet count2/40 (5%)0 (0%)NA
  • Leucopenia: less white blood cell count (<4*109/L); platelet count: <100*109/L.

  • Difference between groups was calculated by Fisher’s exact test in R software.

  • *Huang vs Chan: 0.2414; Chan vs Chen: 1.00; Huang vs Chen: 0.0235.

  • †Huang vs Chan: 0.044; Chan vs Chen: 0.016; Huang vsChen: 1.00.

  • ‡ Symptom: generalised weakness.

  • § Huang vs Chan: 0.3145; Chan vs Chen: 1; Huang vsChen: 0.026.

  • NA, not available.