Who is at greater risk for serious illness with COVID-19 coronavirus?

Who is at greater risk for serious illness with COVID-19 coronavirus?

People with pre-existing conditions and older Americans are at the greatest risk for life-threatening symptoms from acquiring the Coronavirus and dying due to COVID-19 disease. According to the Kaiser Family Health Foundation, more than one-third or 90 million of the 246 million adults in the United States have a higher risk of serious illness if they do become infected due to their age or underlying medical condition. In fact, eight out of 10 deaths in the United States from the the infectious respiratory disease have been people 65 and older.

severely ill Covid 19 coronavirus patient in hospital room with doctors and nurses attendingOlder adults are more likely to have other chronic health conditions that make fighting COVID-19 more difficult. The elderly also generally suffer weakened immune systems that make it harder to fight infection.

Health conditions that have been indicated as lessening the body’s ability to fight viruses and infection include heart disease and hypertension, Diabetes type 1 and type 2, and lung disease, all of which are more common when a person is of advanced age or obese. One reason is that many of the medications that treat symptoms of chronic conditions also suppress the person’s immune system.

One Quarter of Elderly Reside in California, Florida and Texas

Italy was hit hard by Coronavirus in part because the population was older: 23% of its residents are 65 or older.

One quarter of older Americans live in California, Florida and Texas. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on April 1, while Texas has so far not issued statewide stay-at-home restrictions.

Florida’s projected population in the 2020 U.S. Census includes 21% of people 65 or older, up from the current rate of 20.5%, which is the second highest next to Maine at 20.6%. The Sunshine State currently has nearly 7,000 recorded cases of COVID-19.

Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania account for another one-quarter of Americans age 65 or older.

Reported U.S. Coronavirus Cases

The majority of people who become infected with coronavirus are not expected to become seriously ill.

The total number of U.S. coronavirus cases is reported at more than 190,000 on John Hopkin’s Coronavirus Map while as of April 1 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked 186,101 coronavirus cases reported to the CDC.

Worldometer, a free reference website run by an international team of developers, researchers and volunteers, has the count at 205,035 U.S. coronavirus cases.

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths are above 3,600, according to the CDC, and more than 44,000 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded worldwide.

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