People who are older are more at risk of dying from the CCP virus, with 80 percent of deaths in the United States involving adults aged 65 or older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Morbidity and Mortality report released Wednesday.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement has allowed the virus to spread throughout China and create a global pandemic.
The CDC report recommends social distancing for all ages to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health care system, and protect older adults.
It adds, “Further, older adults should maintain adequate supplies of nonperishable foods and at least a 30-day supply of necessary medications, take precautions to keep space between themselves and others, stay away from those who are sick, avoid crowds as much as possible, avoid cruise travel and nonessential air travel, and stay home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of being exposed.”
“Since February 12, 4,226 COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States; 31% of cases, 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of ICU admissions, and 80% of deaths occurred among adults aged ≥65 years with the highest percentage of severe outcomes among persons aged ≥85 years,” the report stated.
The CDC analyzed preliminary from cases reported from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and three U.S. territories from Feb. 12 to March 16. The analysis did not include those who were repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China, and from Japan, including patients from cruise ships.
The CDC noted that the data appears to agree with early data from China that showed 80 percent of deaths involved people who were aged 60 or older.
The report noted that data on whether patients had other risk factors such as underlying health conditions were not available at the time of its analysis.
The Trump administration released new guidelines on Monday advising social distancing measures, including avoid gatherings of 10 or more people for at least the next 15 days, and avoid drinking and eating at bars, restaurants, and other food establishments. The guidelines also recommend against most social visits, including visiting nursing and retirement homes.
White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Debbie Birx singled out millennials at the time, saying that millennials are the “core group that will stop this virus.”
“They’re the ones that are out and about, and they’re the most likely to be in social gatherings and they’re the most likely to be the least symptomatic,” Birx said. “There are more millennials now than any other cohort and they can help us at this moment.”