The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data revealing that “nearly 90[%] of U.S. coronavirus patients who have been hospitalized have underlying health problems,” Breitbart reported Saturday.
“Most of the hospitalized patients had underlying conditions, some of which are recognized to be associated with severe COVID-19 disease, including chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus,” wrote the authors of the CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which was released Wednesday, according to Breitbart.
They went on: “These findings suggest that older adults have elevated rates of COVID-19-associated hospitalization and the majority of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 have underlying medical conditions.”
In terms of public policy, the CDC report’s authors argued that their “findings underscore the importance of preventive measures (e.g., social distancing, respiratory hygiene, and wearing face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain) to protect older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions, as well as the general public,” according to Breitbart.
They went on to recommend that “older adults and persons with serious underlying medical conditions should avoid contact with persons who are ill and immediately contact their health care provider(s) if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”
Symptoms of the disease, according to the CDC, include “fever, cough, and shortness of breath.”
“Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death,” the agency says on its website. “Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.”
The CDC has reported separately that “8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. [from COVID-19] have been in adults 65 years old and older.”
Slowing the spread
Data has also shown that minority groups have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. As Al Jazeera reported Thursday:
Earlier this week, officials in Chicago, Illinois were among the first to release a racial breakdown of the city’s 6,100 cases. More than half were African American, despite only the group only accounting for 30[%] of the city’s 2.7 million residents. Seven in 10 patients who died from COVID-19 in the city were African American, officials said. Similar statistics were seen elsewhere in the U.S.
Addressing this issue at a press briefing Saturday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged “communities of color” to “adhere to the taskforce guidelines to slow the spread.”
“Stay at home, if possible,” he stressed, according to the Washington Examiner. “If you must go out, maintain six feet of distance between you and everyone else, and wear a mask if you’re going to be within six feet of others. Wash your hands more often than you ever dreamed possible. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
“And call your friends on your family,” Adams added. “Check in on your mother. She wants to hear from you right now.”