I’ve read about this in China too - forgive me if someone has flagged this already but this is something that cheered me up a little this week, after feeling in the beginning of the outbreak that we were so vulnerable. Obviously it doesn’t mean we can’t get seriously ill with Covid, and I know many of us will have the cardiovascular conditions that raise our risks as well - but I just think it’s great to have a little bit of good news in the sea of everything else out there ATM! This came up in my news feed (from the Independent):
From the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell, New York.
“The analysis is the largest and most comprehensive look at outcomes in the United States to be published so far. Researchers looked at the electronic medical records of 5,700 patients infected with Covid-19 between 1 March and 4 April who were treated at Northwell Health's 12 hospitals located in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County - all epicentres of the outbreak. Sixty per cent were male, 40 per cent female and the average age was 63.
"It's important to look to American data as we have different resources in our health care system and different demographics in our populations," Davidson said.
The paper also found that of those who died, (figures for those with cardiovascular disease & diabetes here) which is consistent with risk factors listed by the Centres for Disease for Control and Prevention. Noticeably absent from the top of the list was asthma. As doctors and researchers have learned more about Covid-19, the less it seems that asthma plays a dominant role in outcomes. In fact there are only nine patients with asthma hospitalised at Northwell for the virus.”
(My bold letters not theirs!)
I hope this cheers someone up this morning!