If You Have One of These, You're 12 Times More Likely to Die From Coronavirus
A new CDC report warns of the greater danger COVID-19 poses to people with underlying conditions.
While COVID-19 doesn't only impact people with underlying conditions, new statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underline that people with underlying conditions do tend to have more severe cases. Earlier this week, the CDC released updated "Case Surveillance," which includes all coronavirus cases reported from January through May 30. And one of the most disturbing conclusions within the report is that patients with one or more of three underlying conditions are 12 times more likely to die from coronavirus than those without.
Per the CDC, the first most commonly reported underlying condition is cardiovascular disease, which is a known issue for 32 percent of coronavirus patients. Following cardiovascular disease is diabetes, which affects 30 percent of those with COVID-19, and chronic lung disease, which affects 18 percent. All of these higher-risk cases together had a death rate that was 12 times higher than that of patients who did not have underlying conditions. The rate of hospitalizations was also six times higher. It should be noted, however, that only 22 percent of total cases had "sufficient data on underlying health conditions" to be compared in this way.
The data also shows the way case numbers vary among racial demographics. Out of the 45 percent of cases in which that information was recorded, "33 percent of persons were Hispanic or Latino of any race (Hispanic), 22 percent were non-Hispanic Black (Black), and 1.3 percent were non-Hispanic American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN)," states the CDC. "These findings suggest that persons in these groups…are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic." The report shows no difference in the severity of cases across these racial lines, however.
But if you have one of the three underlying conditions mentioned above, you are at a greater risk than others of developing a life-threatening case of COVID-19. While less serious symptoms include coughing, fever, and intestinal discomfort, some coronavirus patients develop blood clots, experience heart failure, or are put on ventilators due to a lack of oxygen in the blood. For this reason, it's essential for those with persistent health issues to follow the CDC's guidelines to protect against coronavirus transmission. Keep washing your hands, avoid touching your face, and wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance whenever it's necessary to go out in public. And for more on how COVID-19 connects to other serious diseases, read about how You Could Develop This Serious Condition If You Get Coronavirus.