How Dangerous Is Coronavirus to the Middle-Aged?
TUESDAY, January 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) – The risk for middle-aged people of dying from COVID-19 infection is higher than they think, according to a new study.
The risk of death from COVID increases with age, but researchers have found that the upward curve increases exponentially with each additional decade.
One in 800 people entering middle age at 45 will die from their COVID infection, 55-year-olds have a 1 in 240 risk of dying if they contract the coronavirus, and 65-year-olds have a 1 in 70 chance said lead researcher Andrew Levin, professor of economics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH
By comparison, 25-year-olds have a 1 in 10,000 risk of dying from COVID, and 35-year-olds have a 1 in 2,700 chance, Levin said.
“It’s not just dangerous for the elderly in nursing homes,” Levin said. “COVID is gradually becoming more and more dangerous, even at a middle age.”
The new figures come from a systematic review of all available studies on the incidence of COVID-19 in countries with advanced economies, and are based specifically on data from 27 studies covering sites in the United States, Canada, in Asia and Europe.
“The risk increases as age increases, and even those who are middle-aged have a [death] the risk they should take into account when calculating the risks regarding the virus, “said Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore. It is unrelated to the study.
The new analysis found that a middle-aged American’s risk of dying from COVID-19 infection is several times greater than their risk of dying in a car accident, Levin added.
People between the ages of 45 and 55 die almost 18 times more often from COVID-19 than from an automobile wreck, according to the study, while those aged 55 to 64 are almost 58 times more likely to die from COVID infection than an accident.
Middle-aged people should keep this in mind when deciding to wear a mask, wash their hands or practice social distancing, said Dr Abhijit Duggal, an intensive care physician at the Cleveland Clinic.
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