There are some who have been saying this since COVID-19 first reached our shores.
The coronavirus is most deadly to those who are immunocompromised and have underlying conditions.
As time goes on, the data only serves to bolster these initial suspicions about the deadliness of the novel virus.
Now, the CDC says that a mere 6% of COVID deaths were due solely to the novel disease, while a stunning 94% had underlying conditions.
“For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the report continued.
The report showed that in 18,116 of 42,587 deaths in the 75-84 age group, the individual who died also had the flu or pneumonia, while in 15,100 cases the underlying condition was respiratory failure.
Overall, of the 161, 392 deaths covered by the report, 42 percent (68,004) of those who died also had the flu or pneumonia while 34 percent (54,803) had an underlying condition of respiratory failure.
— CDC (@CDCgov) August 18, 2020
In 16 percent of the deaths (25,936 people), diabetes was an underlying condition, while heart-related diseases such as cardiac arrest, ischemic heart disease (the hardening of the arteries), cardiac arrhythmia, and heart disease (58,687 people) were found in 36 percent of the deaths.
In June, the CDC had listed those with chronic kidney disease, COPD, obesity, serious heart conditions, Type 2 diabetes, sickle cell disease, and immunocompromised state from solid organ transplants to be high-risk individuals.
While the CDC’s initial guidance had suggested that those over the age of 65 were at high risk, they later revised this to note that risk simply increases with age rather than suddenly rising at one particular age.
As CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield explained at the time, risk “is a continuum.”
If you have certain underlying medical conditions, you are at increased risk of severe illness from #COVID19, no matter your age. Find tips to protect yourself: https://t.co/0go5iZGIQf pic.twitter.com/hPJRXRUYbY
— CDC (@CDCgov) June 29, 2020
“Based on what we’ve learned, we now understand that as you get older, your risk for severe disease, hospitalization, and death increases. We also updated the list of underlying health conditions that can put you at higher risk for severe disease, hospitalization, and death, based on the latest review of scientific evidence to date,” he said.
“A key point is that we want to make sure that people know that as your numbers of underlying medical conditions increase, your risk of severe illness from COVID also increases,” he also said.
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