Almost all Americans who have died from the coronavirus have also suffered from other underlying illnesses, recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows.
According to the CDC’s latest update on deaths from COVID-19, 94% of people who died from the infection in the United States had at least one pre-existing condition, such as obesity, high blood pressure, or some illness cardiac.
Coronavirus was the sole cause of death for just six percent of deaths according to data released on August 26.
A total of 180,221 Americans have been killed by coronavirus as of Monday, August 31.
But of the death certificates submitted to the CDC, only 9,683 indicated that COVID-19 alone was the cause of death.
The latest CDC data shows that only 6% of people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States have died from the coronavirus alone, while 94% of death certificates mentioned other illnesses as well. Pictured: A Houston health worker treats a patient in the United Medical Center’s COVID-19 ward (file)
It became clear at the onset of the pandemic that the elderly and those with underlying chronic health conditions were the most vulnerable to catching and becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus – as are most. infectious diseases.
People in these vulnerable populations tend to have weaker immune systems, which makes it harder for their bodies to fight infections.
Many – especially those who are obese or have high blood pressure – also have higher levels of baseline inflammation.
Because COVID-19 often triggers an inflammatory immune response that can quickly get out of hand, the bodies of people who already have higher than normal levels of inflammation are more likely to become overwhelmed and start to fail.
But then reports began to emerge of younger, otherwise healthy people also falling seriously ill.
Some people in their twenties and thirties have even died in the United States and abroad.
Their families were amazed and perplexed at how a virus so quickly killed their loved ones.
Others around the world were terrified and fully aware that there was no prediction of who might die from the new virus.
It’s still possible, but the latest CDC data suggests these unexpected premature deaths may be a rarer incidence than previously thought.
“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the CDC wrote in its latest update last week.
“For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. “
Among the most common comorbidities were kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
Notably, the conditions listed as causes of death alongside the coronavirus were influenza and pneumonia (categorized together by the CDC) and forms of respiratory failure and distress which may themselves have been complications of the coronavirus.
Yet the latest data shows how vulnerable chronic diseases leave people with the new virus.
And it should be taken to heart by 45% of the American population – over 133 million people – who suffer from at least one chronic health condition.
However, this may be a little solace for other Americans, as schools and offices continue to reopen ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine approved.
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