Underlying Health Conditions Increase Severity of CCP Virus, CDC Says

June 16, 2020 Updated: June 16, 2020

People with underlying health conditions were six times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die due to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

The federal agency stated in its June 15 report that of the total cases of infection, 14 percent of patients were hospitalized, 2 percent were admitted to intensive care units, and 5 percent died.

“Surveillance data reported to CDC through April 2020 indicated that COVID-19 leads to severe outcomes in older adults and those with underlying health conditions,” the CDC noted.

The common underlying health conditions that increase the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus risks in patients in intensive care are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the CCP virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, doesn’t increase the chances of infection in those with diabetes.

“The problem people with diabetes face is primarily a problem of worse outcomes,” the ADA stated in a report.

The risk of contracting the CCP virus by those with diabetes is lower in cases where “diabetes is well-managed.”

“In general, people with diabetes are more likely to experience severe symptoms and complications when infected with a virus,” the ADA said.

Another study published in The New England Journal of Medicine on May 1 affirmed what the CDC stated in its June 15 report about the risks imposed by cardiovascular diseases.

“Our study confirmed previous observations suggesting that underlying cardiovascular disease is associated with an increased risk of in-hospital death among patients hospitalized with Covid-19,” according to the study.

Age-Related Risks

The percentage of people admitted to the ICU were more among those with these underlying health conditions in senior age groups—11 percent for those aged 60–69 years and 12 percent for those aged 70–79 years.

Fifty percent of those above 80 years of age with underlying conditions died, compared to 30 percent in the same age group who died but didn’t have underlying conditions.

A higher percentage of males were hospitalized, admitted to intensive care, and died compared to women—16 percent of men were hospitalized compared to 12 percent women, 3 percent of the infected men were admitted to ICU compared to 2 percent women, and 6 percent of the male patients died compared to 5 percent of the females.

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