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Health outcomes are much worse among those who are older and those who have underlying health conditions. A fifth to a third of ages 45-65 who contract the disease are hospitalized. Among those over 75 years old, 30 to over 70 percent are hospitalized.

Of those over the age of 85 about 10-25% of all patients die. People over the age of 65 account for 80 percent of the deaths associated with the coronavirus.

WHO: The mortality rate from the COVID-19 disease could be up to 3.4%.

CDC: 49 million Americans are over the age of 65.

CDC: Many victims of the coronavirus at a nursing home near Seattle had underlying conditions: More than 40 percent had hypertension, nearly 40 percent also had cardiac disease, and more than a quarter had either kidney problems or diabetes.

CDC: Anyone with high blood pressure or heart problems is at significantly increased risk. (People often don’t think about that).

As many people could die because of the coronavirus as from it — if it overwhelms the health care system and delays treatment for people with other malady.


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