Samuel Case, FISM News
The Center for Disease Control has released a report examining the characteristics of those who died from COVID-19 in the United States between January 1st and May 18th. The CDC hopes that with this data the medical community can better “inform medical and public health interventions focused on preventing COVID-19–associated mortality.”
The report analyzed the deaths of over 10,000 cases of “laboratory-confirmed COVID-19.” Most deaths among the white population were over the age of 65, but more than a third of Hispanic deaths (34.9%) and just under a third (29.5%) of other minority groups were under the age of 65. Over three-fourths of deaths (76.4%) had at least one comorbidity with heart disease and diabetes being the most common.
The CDC says the higher mortality rates among younger populations in non-white communities might be due to occupation “or essential activities that preclude physical distancing.” The report also speculates the possibility that COVID-19 simply “disproportionately affected communities of younger, nonwhite persons during the study period.”
The report is qualified by saying ultimately more research is needed to know the full relationship between characteristics such as age, race, sex, and underlying with COVID-19’s mortality rate.
Sourced from the CDC