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Ridgewood NJ, according to Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security ,a new study published in the US CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes the prevalence of certain underlying health conditions among COVID-19 patients in the United States and associations with severe disease. The US CDC COVID-19 Response Team evaluated data on 122,653 US COVID-19 patients identified between February 12 and March 28.
Of the confirmed cases, only 5.8% of the patients (7,162) had data the presence or absence of underlying health conditions. Of this subset, 37.6% (2,692 cases) had at least one condition reported. Despite representing just over a third of the data set, patients with at least one underlying health condition made up 73% of all hospital admissions, including 78% of those requiring ICU admission. The most prominent conditions in hospitalized cases included diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic lung disease. The study also broke the data down by age, comparing those aged 65 and over to those aged 17-64. Relatively few hospitalizations were reported in patients under the age of 19. People with underlying health conditions were at elevated risk of hospitalization (with and without ICU admission) for both age groups. This study provides a preliminary assessment of the role that underlying health conditions play in severe outcomes of COVID-19.