The older you are, the higher the risk of suffering a severe case of COVID-19, according to new orientation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC has previously warned that people over 65 were especially vulnerable to serious illness if they were infected with coronavirus. And that’s still true.
But more recent data from across the United States show that younger adults are also at risk and should not assume they will be spared a severe case of the disease.
“The CDC now warns that among adults, the risk increases steadily as they age, and it is not just those over 65 who are at higher risk of serious illness,” the agency said. Warned Fifth. “Age is an independent risk factor for serious illnesses.”
Data published last week the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed that the median age of Americans with confirmed cases of coronavirus was 48 years. This means that half of those infected were over 48 years old and half were younger.
In fact, among the more than 1.3 million cases reported by May 30, the incidence was higher among people between 40 and 50 years old than for those between 60 and 70 years of age. Specifically, there were 541.6 cases per 100,000 people aged 40 to 49 years and 550.5 cases per 100,000 people aged 50 to 59, compared to 478.4 cases per 100,000 people aged 60 to 69 years and 464.2 cases per 100,000 people aged 70 to 79.
The highest incidence was observed in older Americans, with 902 cases per 100,000 people aged 80 and older, according to the report.
Among those who become infected with coronavirus, the risk of dying from COVID-19 increases sharply with age, the latest data show. Although the overall mortality rate of these 1.3 million cases was 5.4%, it was 1% or less for Americans under 50. However, it was 2.4% for those in their 50s, 6.7% for those aged 60 years, 16.6% for those in their 70s and 28.7% for those aged 80 years or older.
The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 was slightly higher for people in their 70s (34.1% of those infected) than for those who had passed the 80th birthday (32.5%). Similarly, the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit was higher for those in their 60s (4.1%) and the 1970s (5.6%) than for those aged 80 years or older (3.6%).
The new CDC statement also updated the list of underlying health conditions associated with an increased risk of a severe case of COVID-19. The most common is obesity, a condition that affects 42.5% of adults in the US (Obesity is defined as having a body mass index 30 or more. You can check your online.)
It is estimated that 14% of American adults who have chronic kidney disease are also more vulnerable to a severe case of COVID-19, as are the approximately 12% of US adults with type 2 diabetes, according to the new CDC guideline.
Other medical conditions that increase the risk of severe covid-19 disease include severe heart disease such as coronary artery disease And heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; sickle cell disease, and taking drugs that suppress the immune system after receiving an organ transplant.
There is “consistent evidence” in reliable medical studies that each of these conditions is associated with an increased risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19. And when combined, the risk is even greater.
“The more underlying medical conditions people have, the greater the risk,” the CDC said.
The agency also updated its list of conditions that could belong to this list and could be added as researchers learn more about COVID-19. These include:
• Moderate or severe asthma
• Cerebrovascular disease, which affects the blood vessels that supply the brain
• Cystic fibrosis
• High pressure
• Being immunocompromised as a result of a bone marrow transplant, HIV infection or other reason other than an organ transplant
• Dementia and other neurological conditions
• Liver disease
• Pulmonary fibrosis
• Thalassemia, a disorder that reduces the amount of oxygen carried by red blood cells
• Type 1 diabetes
Researchers at the CDC and elsewhere are eyeing COVID-19 patients to learn more about the disease that has killed more than 491,000 people worldwide since it emerged late last year in China. The United States suffered about 125,000 deaths from COVID-19, more than any other country, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
As the number of COVID-19 patients grows, the list of recognized symptoms. The most common are cough, fever, muscle pain, headache and shortness of breath.
Even the youngest and healthiest among us can become targets of coronavirus. To reduce the risk of infection, the CDC reminds you that you wash your hands frequently, disinfect items and surfaces that are touched by many people, wear a mask or other face covering when they are in public, and practice social distancing.