Advances In ICU Care Are Saving More Patients Who Have COVID-19

If you think all the coronavirus news is bad, consider the uplifting story of Don Ramsayer.

The 59-year-old man from Cumming, Ga., is living evidence that doctors in intensive care units quickly figured out how to help more patients survive.

In early August, Ramsayer was helping his son pack up the car for his freshman year at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Ramsayer had been having night sweats and wasn’t feeling that well, but he tried to play it down.

“We got the last box packed and it was ready to go in the car, and I finally succumbed to my sister and kids, who said ‘Dad, something’s wrong. Go to the hospital.'”

Ramsayer, a software designer and self-described gym rat, had been diagnosed in November with a slow-moving form of leukemia. But the doctors at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, northeast of Atlanta, ran a few tests and concluded that his new symptoms were actually from COVID-19.

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