The coronavirus pandemic has already contributed to the deaths of thousands, raising suspicions on how long it will take to end and how far it will spread. This pandemic is contagious, therefore, easily transmitted to other people when in contact with an infected surface or person. However, there are certain demographics of people that will be more severely affected by the virus.
Researchers are devoted to finding the permanent solution for the COVID-19. They also want to create awareness on how people can avoid spreading it. There is no age limit for coronavirus, therefore, anyone can get sick. Researchers and scientists have made it their mission to identify the demographics impacted and those who are more likely to be infected.
The researchers aim to provide the information necessary to help doctors know the measures to take to avoid more deaths. The WHO has already declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. Thus, all health persons are on the front line finding the possible solution to stop it. Here is extensive research on the people likely to be affected by the coronavirus.
Old Or Young People
The China Disease Control Center has taken the initiative of providing statistics on people sick with the coronavirus. Since COVID-19 struck, about 87% of the infected people are between 30 to 79 years old. This research comes from the 72,314 diagnosed people in China in February 2020.
This data is proof that older people are more likely to get this virus than the young who are always on the move going to school. The young only made up 8.1% of the diagnosed number.
Scientists have already proven that age is a determining factor in who will get sick. To support this theory, the CDC has confirmed that older people have a weaker immune system. Therefore, they are prone to diseases.
Moreover, older people are more affected by the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which makes COVID-19 more fatal to them. The WHO reported that young people, especially those below 18 years, are less affected by this virus.
Sick Or Healthy
Researchers have also concluded that sick people are more likely to be affected by COVID-19. Further, once it has struck them, it is fatal since their red blood cells are not healthy enough to fight the disease. More than 1,000 patients were analyzed in China during the research. From this research, they confirmed the existing co-morbidities illnesses.
People with one or more diseases have a 79% chance of being infected with COVID-19. For instance, cancer raises the infection rate by 3.5 fold, as does diabetes and hypertension. On the other hand, it increases the risk of contracting the virus by 60%. This information is essential, helping the doctors to take time to help the people with co-morbidities existing illnesses.
Healthy people are less affected by the coronavirus. When affected, it’s not as fatal as when dealing with a patient with an existing health condition.
Women Or Men
Data shows that men are more susceptible to the coronavirus as compared to women. According to the China CDC, about 106 men were infected with COVID-19 for every 100 women. Also, the China Medical Treatment Expert Group Concluded that more than 58% of the infected people in Wuhan were male. The same case is happening in the US since researchers have found a higher fatality rate in men than in women.
Pregnant mothers who are infected give birth to a child who later tests positive for the COVID-19. This infection is a result of the child being close to the infected mother. The fetus is most affected by the COVID-19 since pregnancy tends to suppress the immune system of women.
Immune suppression in pregnant women, therefore, plays a significant role in ensuring the fetus is safe. Doctors can now take preventive measures once the baby is born.
COVID-19 is fatal. And since it was announced to be a pandemic, the medical centers and research institutes are devoted to finding the solutions and theories to help with the treatment.
Older people and people living with an existing health condition have a higher risk of infection. Therefore, they should take more preventive measures. These include wearing masks and avoiding contact with infected people.