While older adults face the greatest risk of coronavirus infection, patients in their fifties may also be significantly affected, according to a recent study.
This comes at a time when the global cases of the virus have reached 800,000 cases.
The study, conducted by specialists from Britain, is a comprehensive investigation into the deaths and hospitalizations reported by the national and regional health committees in China.
Among other things, the scientists estimated “the time between the onset of symptoms and the outcome (death or hospital discharge)”, using individual case data.
With funding from the UK Medical Research Council, the study, published in The Lancet, said that more than 8% of people in their fifties need hospital treatment.
However, it also showed that patients over 80 years old still present the highest risk category as 18% of them need hospital treatment after contracting the disease.
Individuals aged 10-19 years were the least exposed to the risk category, with only 0.04% being hospitalized.
Professor Azra Ghani, the co-author of the study, said the estimates could be applied primarily to “any country” to make decisions about how to treat Covid-19. “There may be distant cases that get a lot of media attention, but our analysis shows very clearly that at the age of fifty and up, hospital treatment is more likely than those under the age of 50, and a greater proportion of cases is likely to be fatal. “.
The results of the study are based on the analysis of 70117 laboratory-confirmed and clinically diagnosed cases in China (as of February 8), as well as 689 positive cases of people evacuated from Wuhan, the epidemic outbreak, on repatriation trips (as of February 25).
The latest figures available from the World Health Organization showed that the virus killed 33,673 people out of 719,700 cases worldwide.
However, according to Johns Hopkins University, the numbers are darker as it now includes more than 800,000 people affected by the deadly Covid-19.
This puts the death rate for all confirmed cases of the HIV virus at around 4%, but experts stressed that due to the lack of extensive tests, it is impossible to know how many people have contracted and recovered from it.
Meanwhile, the emergence of a younger generation increasingly affected by the Corona virus continues to emerge. Belgium reported on Tuesday that a 12-year-old girl died of a fatal disease, while Moscow authorities sounded the alarm about the proportion of serious Covid-19 cases among young adults as well. They stated that 40% of patients undergoing the artificial lung ventilation system were under the age of forty.