Among Sickest Coronavirus Patients, Underlying Conditions Are Common: Study

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Underlying conditions in coronavirus patients are common, a study found.

The findings were published on Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association and confirm what many physicians have been saying about who falls victim to the novel virus.

People that are obese or who suffer from pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing complications, the study claimed.

The focus group consisted of 5,700 people hospitalized with coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in New York City.

From those people, findings show that 57 percent had high blood pressure, 41 percent were obese, and a third had diabetes.

Since the outbreak began, the CDC has warned that anyone over the age of 60 and with autoimmune disorders has a greater risk of contracting the virus. However, younger adults and those who are deemed healthy are not immune.

Karina Davidson, senior vice president at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, revealed that people with chronic health issues call their physicians if they experience symptoms “because those patients, at least from our description, are highly represented in the people who have a severe course of the disease.”

While the study does not answer why those with prior conditions are more susceptible, it notes that those diseases tend to increase the risk of other health issues.

Researchers also found that fever was not a reliable sign of gauging infection as symptoms may vary from person to person.

Other common symptoms include cough, headache, trouble breathing, severe fatigue and loss of smell and taste.

Business Insider reported that many doctors have been finding blood clots to be an unusual coronavirus complication.

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