The United States surpassed China in amount of confirmed Chinese Coronavirus diagnoses on Thursday, having the most in the world.
81,321 Americans have been tested positive for the disease. This surpasses China’s most recent count of 81,285 cases of the virus. There are reasons to be skeptical of China’s honesty and transparency in reporting total diagnosis counts, but the spread of the disease in its country of origin has generally been blunted by the Chinese government’s restrictions on everyday activity.
The United States has thus far incurred far less deaths than China and Italy, however. Thursday’s Center for Disease Control statistics counted just over a thousand deaths in the nation fro the disease. China has admitted to incurring 3,287, and Italy- where the pandemic has proved more damaging than anywhere else- has suffered 8,215 fatalities.
The US may have become the leading confirmed country for coronavirus diagnoses on the basis of the high level of domestic travel that occurs within the country.
Conservatives claiming that this epidemic is merely a trifling disruption to everyday life need to seriously consider the implications of the United States’ elevated diagnosis rates. The nation still lags behind Italy’s diagnosis rate per capita, and China’s statistics cannot ultimately be trusted. The US is the first country with a large population in which the Wuhan virus has spread.
21 U.S. states have activated stay-at-home orders over the spread of the virus, and its severity appears to be worst in the New York City metro area.
CDC Says Being Underweight or Obese are Risk Factors for COVID-19 Hospitalization and Death
It’s bad to have a BMI that’s too low or too high.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study Monday which concludes that both underweight and obese people with COVID-19 are more susceptible to hospitalization and death than people with a normal weight.
The study accounted for 148,494 US adults who received a COVID-19 diagnosis during an emergency or inpatient visit at 238 hospitals from March to December 2020. 50.8 percent of these adults were obese and another 28.3 percent were overweight, totaling 79.1 percent of all subjects. Another 1.8 percent were underweight.
Out of the 148,494 adults in the study, 48.1 percent (71,491) required hospitalization. Out of those 71,491, 48.8 percent needed treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU), 13.3 percent required “invasive mechanical ventilation,” and 11.7 percent died. The CDC considered obesity to be a risk factor for both hospitalization and death, while simply being overweight (having a BMI between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2) or obese was a risk factor for ventilation.
The CDC’s study also discovered that COVID-19 patients who were underweight (BMI less than 18.5 kg/m2) had a 20 percent higher risk of hospitalization than those with a healthy weight. Underweight people below the age of 65 were 41 percent more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than people with a healthy weight, while underweight people above 65 were seven percent more likely.
Although they noted five limitations to their study, the CDC felt confident to conclude that the “relationship between higher BMI and severe COVID-19–associated illness […] underscore[s] the need for progressively intensive illness management as obesity severity increases.”
“Continued strategies are needed to ensure community access to nutrition and physical activity opportunities that promote and support a healthy BMI. Preventing COVID-19 in adults with higher BMIs and their close contacts remains important and includes multifaceted protection measures such as masking, as well as continued vaccine prioritization and outreach for this population,” they added.
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