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Video: Who Dies From COVID-19 Most Often: International Statistics And Age
Who dies from COVID-19 most often: international statistics and age
Amid growing anxiety in the media and social networks, as well as diverging opinions about how to contain the new coronavirus, the understanding of who is most vulnerable to danger remains unchanged. We are talking about elderly people. We explain why this is so through statistics and facts.
COVID-19 in adults
A person of any age can become infected with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection, but most often it spreads among the adult population.
According to a study by the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 87% of confirmed COVID-19 patients are between the ages of 30 and 79. In the United States, 67% of cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 45.
The elderly are especially at risk - 80% of deaths from COVID-19 in China have been in people over 65. And the average age of deaths from coronavirus in Italy is 81 years.
WHO officially identifies people over 60 years of age as a risk group, as well as those who have concomitant diseases: high blood pressure, heart disease, lung diseases, cancer or diabetes.
(If you belong to this category, try to protect yourself as much as possible from contracting coronavirus. At the same time, it is presumptuous to think that the disease seriously affects only the adult population. Young people can also be difficult to tolerate. Therefore, they should not neglect the protective measures that WHO advises).
How to protect older people from infection
The first and most important thing is to comply with quarantine. This applies to both the people at risk themselves (the elderly and with chronic diseases) and those who live with them in the same city - especially if the latter have come from abroad. To do this, try to minimize communication with others: for example, bringing grandchildren to their grandmother is not the best idea during a pandemic. Despite the fact that children carry the disease with less severe symptoms, they can easily transmit the infection. In this regard, a number of researchers believe that the statistics on childhood diseases COVID-19 are greatly underestimated precisely due to the fact that young patients were not shown to doctors due to seemingly insignificant symptoms.
If an adult needs to leave the apartment, it is recommended not to use public transport (especially during rush hour), keep at least a meter away from people, not touch your face with dirty hands, wash your hands more often or use a disinfectant (where alcohol is at least 60% in the composition). If you need to go to work, then you should ventilate the room, disinfect surfaces that other people touch, for example, switches and door handles, ask colleagues to sneeze and cough into the elbow or napkin.