Coronavirus Consequences Seem More Severe for Older People
We found this article in the “Goats and Soda” section of NPR.org (NPR being, of course, National Public Radio): “Coronavirus Has More Severe Consequences For Older Patients.“
The article opens with a summary of US deaths to date (As of March 4, 2020). Specifically:
Anyone can catch COVID-19, the disease caused by the newly identified coronavirus. But certain populations appear to be more vulnerable to its effects.
Consider the 11 deaths so far in the United States — one in California and the rest in Washington state.
The person who died in Placer County, Calif., was described by officials as “an elderly adult with underlying health conditions.” Most of the people who died in Washington were residents of Life Care Center, a nursing facility in Kirkland. All but three of the victims in Washington were over age 70.
Overall, the data coming out of China suggest that older people and people with underlying health conditions “were about twice as likely to develop serious outcomes [of COVID-19] versus otherwise younger, healthier people,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are particularly concerned about these people, given the growing number of cases in the United States,” she added in a press briefing on Tuesday.
Here’s a link to the full article by Nell Greenfieldboyce: