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Thursday, March 19, 2020

More than 99% of Italy's coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country's national health authority. After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150% increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the spread of the disease.


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The new study could provide insight into why Italy's death rate, at about 8% of total infected people, is higher than in other countries. The Rome-based institute has examined medical records of about 18% of the country's coronavirus fatalities, finding that just three victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous pathology. Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.


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More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.

Not a comforting article for Americans.

40-50% of this country suffer from a comorbidity like obesity, diabetes or some form of cardiovascular disease.

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-19 02:31 PM | Reply

Isn't Italy the European country with the oldest population? Definitely wouldn't help in surviving Covid19

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-03-19 03:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The average age of Italy's coronavirus fatalities is 79.5. How many people get to 70 without a previous medical condition like high blood pressure, diabetes, or something else?

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2020-03-19 03:21 PM | Reply

Important to note that the doctors favored treating younger people.

Treatment saves lives. We can't conclude that being young protects anyone. In fact, the evidence is that young people get sick too.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-19 04:09 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner Look at the population that die. Average age 80.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2020-03-19 08:45 PM | Reply

It's becoming pretty apparent that this disease is culling the unhealthy. Seems like a Republicans dream to save Social Security and Medicare.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-03-20 11:04 AM | Reply

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