Left Menu
Development News Edition

Diabetes, lung and heart disease common in U.S. coronavirus patients

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 01-04-2020 03:26 IST | Created: 01-04-2020 03:23 IST
Diabetes, lung and heart disease common in U.S. coronavirus patients

Diabetes, heart disease and long-term lung problems are the most common underlying conditions among Americans hospitalized with the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but more than one in five people requiring intensive care had no such health issues, according to a report issued on Tuesday.

The findings show that higher percentages of COVID-19 patients with underlying conditions were being admitted to hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs), according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. That echoes patterns seen in other countries hit hard by the pandemic. Preliminary data from 7,162 COVID-19 patients for whom the CDC had complete information as of Saturday show that 37.6% had one or more underlying health conditions. Widespread testing to identify the full extent of the U.S. outbreak has not been available.

Most people infected with the coronavirus develop mild but persistent symptoms such as fever or cough. But difficulty breathing is a symptom sending many people to the hospital, and the new data show how underlying health conditions heighten the odds of complications requiring hospitalization. Researchers found that 78% of ICU patients with COVID-19 had at least one underlying health problem, including diabetes (seen in 32% of patients), cardiovascular disease (29%) and chronic lung disease (21%). Twelve percent had long-term kidney disease and 9% had a weakened immune system.

Among hospitalized patients who were not sick enough to need intensive care, 71% had at least one underlying condition, the CDC analysis found. In contrast, among people with COVID-19 who did not need to be hospitalized, only 27% had one or more long-term health issues.

But being free of chronic conditions offers no guarantees against serious illness as 22% of COVID-19 patients who ended up in an ICU had no history of underlying health problems. "It is not yet known whether the severity or level of control of underlying health conditions affects the risk for severe disease associated with COVID-19," according to the report by the CDC's COVID-19 Response Team.

"Many of these underlying health conditions are common in the United States" with an estimated 10.1% of U.S. adults diagnosed with diabetes, 10.6% with heart disease, and 5.9% with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), along with 7.9% of people of all ages who suffer from asthma.



Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...


Latest News

Temporary pact reached on funding South Korean workers at U.S. bases

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it had accepted a proposal from South Korea for it to temporarily fund thousands of Korean workers at U.S. bases who were put on unpaid leave this year. The United States furloughed the workers in South Kor...

S.Korea approves emergency use of Gilead's anti-viral drug to treat COVID-19

South Korea said on Wednesday it has approved the emergency use of Gilead Sciences Incs remdesivir to treat COVID-19 after a government panel last week cited positive results for the anti-viral drug in other countries.Remdesivir, which is a...

GOP senators offer rare rebuke of Trump on church visit

A handful of GOP senators spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump, criticizing his visit to a church after police removed peaceful demonstrators from a park near the White House. The remarks came even as most Republicans continued ...

NFL tells teams they must hold training camps at home

All 32 NFL teams have been told by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, ...

Give Feedback