This One Thing Is Most Likely to Dictate Your Chances of Dying From COVID

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<p><a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Coronavirus cases are currently spiking</a> in most of the country as the United States comes very close to reaching three million positive COVID-19 cases. The good news, however, appears to be that the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>mortality rate is low</a>. This is due to a number of factors, not the least of which is the raft of <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>new cases in much younger patients</a> who don’t typically have the co-morbidities that raise one’s chances of dying from COVID-19 complications. In truth, while conditions like diabetes, obesity, and kidney disease do increase your risk of <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>dying from coronavirus</a>, there is one enormous factor that best determines a coronavirus patient’s outcome: <strong>your age</strong>.</p>
<p>”Age is by far the <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>strongest predictor of mortality</a>,” <strong>Jeffrey Klausner</strong>, MD, professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Business Insider. In fact, about 80 percent of U.S. <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus deaths through mid-June were people over 65</a>, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).</p>
<p>”Among adults, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk,” the CDC says. “Severe illness means that the person with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die.”</p>
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<p>So, while it may seem like good news that <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus is affecting more young people</a> these days, Klausner warns, “the thing now is to keep the young people away from the old people.”</p>
<p>The truth is that fatalities tend to lag, so we won’t truly know how many deaths will come from this current spike in cases for a few weeks or even months. <strong>Anthony Fauci</strong>, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), told Axios at the end of June that “the <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>death rate</a> always lags several weeks behind the infection rate.” He is also concerned that the young people being infected right now could “infect the older people. The <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>older people get the complications</a>, and then they go to the hospitals.” And, of course, as a result, death rates could rise.</p>
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<p>Similarly, <strong>Tom Frieden</strong>, MD, former director of the CDC, warned in June on Twitter that “with younger age of recent infections in at least some places such as Florida, expect a <a href=”″ target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>lower death rate</a> in this wave…until the 20-40-year-olds who are infected today go on to infect others.” And for more on the silent signs of COVID, check out <a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>This Is the Tell-Tale Sign You’ve Already Had COVID, According to a Doctor</a>.</p>

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