Nearly all the patients hospitalized for the coronavirus in New York City had underlying health conditions, according to a new study.
Health records showed that 94% of the 5,700 patients in the Northwell Health system — which has had the most patients in the country during the pandemic — had at least one disease other than COVID-19, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. 88% had more than one ailment on top of coronavirus.
Chart from Time:
Hypertension was the most common ailment, affecting 53% of coronavirus patients. Another 42% of patients who had a body mass index on file were obese and 32% of all patients had diabetes. Data from 2,634 patients who either died or were discharged from the hospital showed that 12% were on ventilators and that 88% of those on ventilators died.
"Having serious comorbidities increases your risk," said Karina Davidson, one of the study's authors and senior vice president for the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, which is part of the Northwell Health system. "This is a very serious disease with a very poor outcome for those who have severe infections from it. We want patients with serious chronic disease to take a special precaution and to seek medical attention early, should they start showing signs and symptoms of being infected. That includes knowing that they've been exposed to someone who has this virus."