Doctors tell who is at greatest risk of dying from COVID-19

(ORDO NEWS) — The risk of dying from COVID-19 is highest for those with cancer, according to a report published by the Polish Society of Epidemiologists and Infectious Diseases Physicians.

The author of the report, the head of the society, Robert Flisiak, analyzed several thousand fatal cases of COVID-19, depending on the age of the patients, on the comorbidities and the state in which they were hospitalized.

As follows from the data he received, the largest proportion of deaths – 25.6 percent – was recorded in cancer patients. They are followed by stroke patients – 24.3 percent. Other comorbidities that were most common in those who died from COVID-19 were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (22.5 percent), coronary heart disease (18.8 percent) and other cardiovascular diseases (15.8 percent).

In addition, Polish doctors confirmed the direct dependence of mortality from coronavirus on the age of patients. So, for patients over 80 years old, this figure is more than 22.6 percent, for patients from 70 to 80 years old – just over 15 percent, and for the age group from 60 to 70 years old, it is almost half.

The average death rate among hospitalized patients with COVID-19 of all ages in Poland is 7.3 percent. Those who required mechanical ventilation were in a much worse position – 66 percent of this group died.

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