94% of Coronavirus Deaths Occurred in Those With Underlying Conditions: CDC

August 31, 2020

    The majority of COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. have occurred in individuals who had underlying conditions, according to new information released by the Centers for Disease Control.

    According to the new CDC report, 94% of people who died from coronavirus also had some comorbidities.

    “For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the organization wrote, clarifying context for a table titled “Deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pneumonia, and influenza reported to NCHS by place of death, United States.”

    According to the CDC, comorbidity means “more than one disease or condition is present in the same person at the same time.”

    “Conditions described as comorbidities are often chronic or long-term conditions,” the organization clarifies. “Other names to describe comorbid conditions are coexisting or co-occurring conditions and sometimes also ‘multimorbidity’ or ‘multiple chronic conditions.’”

    The following conditions have been identified as the top underlying conditions linked with COVID deaths.

    —Influenza and pneumonia
    —Respiratory failure
    —Hypertensive disease
    —Vascular and unspecified dementia
    —Cardiac Arrest
    —Heart failure
    —Renal failure
    —Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events
    —Other medical conditions

    According to the data, 9,683 people have died in the U.S. with only COVID-19 listed as the cause on their death certificate.

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