Have you ever wondered that if 98% of Coronavirus patients are likely to recover successfully, then why is the death rate extremely high in the United States? Well, the reason is the underlying conditions in adults. Many people recover from Coronavirus even with home-quarantine, but many are hospitalized, get admitted into the ICUs, end up on a ventilator but still lose their fight against life. The sole reason of increased severe cases and the death toll of Covid-19 patients is their underlying condition.
If we talk about the U.S. specifically, according to one of the recent studies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the majority of the Americans are suffering from some underlying conditions that have made them vulnerable to a variety of severe virus attacks. As per the U.S. census data, and study of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from 2018 has shown that as huge as 40.7% of the American adults (commonly aged 18 and above) have underlying conditions.
Amongst these pre-existing health issues, the most common one is obesity, then comes diabetes mellitus, followed by Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart diseases, and chronic kidney diseases.
Refer to the infographic below and learn about the percentage of different underlying health conditions in the U.S. adults that have become the main reason for severity in Covid-19 cases.
Infographic by: Statista.com