As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the world, some countries are much worse off than others.
China initially looked really bad, which it was, but then Italy started getting really bad. The death rate is astronomically higher in Italy than it has been in China. But why? Well, there may actually be some positive news regarding the deaths in Italy, if that's even possible.
So it may not be good news exactly, but the coronavirus itself may not be as deadly as we may think.
The newest studies out of Italy are showing that only 12 of the deaths in Italy were actually a direct result of the coronavirus. All other deaths were caused by other serious health complications.
The bad news is that the coronavirus seems to make underlying health conditions much worse.
Bloomberg reported, More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.
After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150% increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the spread of the disease.
From Agenzia Nova,
This a very rough translation from the article, in fact, it is a Google Translation.
Rome, 18 Mar 09:29 – (Agenzia Nova) – Only 12 deaths caused by coronavirus have been ascertained so far. The data, however, emerges from the analysis of just 355 medical records, out of 2,003 received by the Higher Institute of Health (ISS). All the other 343 patients who fell victim to the epidemic, according to the ISS, had other serious diseases, which caused their death. Almost 50 percent of the deceased had 3 previous pathologies, and the average of the 343 deaths from secondary causes is 2.7 pathologies per person. The 12 deceased patients, equal to 3.38 percent of the sample examined, did not present any previous pathology, which means that their death was caused, precisely, by Covid-19.
Among the other victims, 84, equal to 23.7 percent of the sample, had 1 pathology; 90 patients, equal to 25.4 percent of the sample, had 2; and 169, equal to 47.6 percent, had 3 or more pathologies. Respiratory failure is the most common complication observed. The ISS, in fact, found the disease in 97.2 percent of cases; the second cause is acute kidney damage, in 27.8 percent of cases; followed by acute myocardial injury, with 10.8 percent; and from superinfection, with 10.2 percent.
The Institute also reports on the age groups of patients. As of March 17, seventeen those who died and were positive at Covid-19 under the age of 50. Specifically, 5 of these were less than 40 years old: these are male subjects between the ages of 31 and 39 with serious pre-existing diseases. Among these, cardiovascular, renal, psychiatric diseases but also diabetes and obesity.
We in America are seeing the same results. Most of the people dying are those who have underlying conditions.
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