The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled data on people who were hospitalized from the virus during that month to get a clearer demographic picture of infected patients who have required the most serious medical care.
Approximately 90 percent of the 1,482 hospitalized patients included in the study released Wednesday had one or more underlying medical conditions.
Of the hospitalized Covid-19 patients in the C.D.C. study, 89.3 percent had underlying medical conditions. The most common of those was hypertension, in 49.7 percent of patients, followed by obesity, chronic metabolic disease (like diabetes), chronic lung disease (like asthma) and cardiovascular disease.
In terms of age [...] 74.5 percent of patients were 50 or older
Covid-19 hospitalization rates
per 100,000 population
Age 0–4 ___ 5–17 ___ 18–49 ___ 50–64 ___ 65–74 ___ 75–84 ___85+
Source: C.D.C. data from 14 states
Over all, 4.6 people per 100,000 have been hospitalized in the area studied. But the rate jumped to 13.8 per 100,000 for people 65 and older, which the C.D.C. found was higher than the rates for recent influenza patients. The study compared data from the first four weeks of the past five seasons of influenza, and found those hospitalization rates ranged from 0.1 per 100,000 people between the ages of 5 to 17, up to between 2.2 and 5.4 for people 85 and older. For Covid-19, the hospitalization rate for patients 85 or older is 17.2 per 100,000.
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The C-19 vs influenza hospitalization rate is interesting. It could be because C-19 is hitting the elderly harder than the flu but it also could be doctors taking more precautions with the elderly due to the novelty of the virus. It's probably some combination of both.