Which Age Group Is Most Affected By The Coronavirus?
Going by the statistics of countries badly impacted by the virus such as China and Italy, COVID-19 seems to be having the most severe impact among the elderly.
Everybody is at risk of COVID-19. It’s a pandemic, meaning anybody can get sick. But different people have different risks; for instance, not everyone gets sick enough to go to the hospital. Some people don’t even get any symptoms, while others die in a fortnight from the impact of the disease. More interestingly, the chances of dying from COVID-19 are not the same for everyone. And now, experts have been able to explain the impacts of coronavirus on the different age groups.
Let’s have a look at how people experience the coronavirus impact according to age.
How Do Patients Experience The Coronavirus Impacts By Age?
According to the CDC, 31% of all cases, 45% of hospitalizations, 53% of ICU admissions and 80% of all deaths from COVID-19 happened among adults aged 65 or over; with the highest percentage of deaths happening among those aged 85+.
Senior citizens undoubtedly are the hardest hit by COVID-19. In China, 80% of deaths were among people in their 60s or older, and that general trend is playing out elsewhere. Italy has the world’s second-oldest population after Japan. Italy has also reported that more than 80% of deaths so far were among those 70 or older.
“The idea that this is purely a disease that causes death in older people we need to be very, very careful with,” warns Dr Mike Ryan; the World Health Organization’s emergencies chief.
As much as 10% to 15% of people under 50 have moderate to severe infection. Even if they survive, the middle-aged can spend weeks in the hospital. In France, more than half of the first 300 people admitted to intensive care units were under 60. Odds of hospitalization, intensive care, and death seem to increase from one’s early 40s to late 40s.
What Other Factors Contribute To Coronavirus Impacts Apart From Age?
It’s becoming more clear that your health before the pandemic began plays a key role in how you fare; regardless of how old you are.
Underlying health plays a big role. In China, 40% of people who required critical care had other chronic health problems. And there, deaths were highest among people who had heart disease, diabetes or chronic lung diseases before they got COVID-19. Preexisting health problems also can increase the risk of infection, such as people who have weak immune systems including from cancer treatment.
If you notice any of the COVID-19 symptoms, please call any of these NCDC numbers.
- Toll-Free Number: 0800 9700 0010
- Whatsapp: +234708 711 0839
- SMS Number: +234809 955 5577
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