For weeks, the world has been overwhelmed with data and information about COVID-19, with little data providing the specificity need to ensure that people are taking the illness seriously. But on Tuesday, the CDC was able to give a closer look at exactly who is most effected by COVID-19- and its findings underscore the importance of preventive measures we’ve all been taking.
The new study published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality weekly report found that about 90% of patient hospitalized due to COVID-19 had pre-existing conditions- including hypertension, obesity, chronic lung disease, diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease.
The CDC recommends that those with underlying health conditions who also have symptoms of COVID-19 – including cough, fever, or shortness of breath- should immediately contact their health care provider.
They also urge individuals to continue to take preventative measures to protect older adults and those with underlying medical conditions from COVID-19, including social distancing, regular hand washing, and wearing face masks in public settings.
Take this time to improve your health. Start walking everyday and improve your nutrition. Lose weight and sleep more. If anything good can come out of COVID-19 is your health is very fragile and you need to take care of your self. All of the pre-existing conditions that can increase your chance of being hospitalized can be impacted by exercise and diet.
To read more from the CDC, visit https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
Source: Garg S, Kim L, Whitaker M, et al. Hospitalization Rates and Characteristics of Patients Hospitalized with Laboratory-Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 — COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:458–464. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6915e3
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