(ORDO NEWS) — A group of scientists from the University of Michigan, along with colleagues from the University of Colorado in the United States, spoke about new factors that can provoke the onset of a severe form of COVID-19.
The experts analyzed the data of 2,300 patients who were admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of coronavirus infection from March to December 2020.
They were able to establish that some social factors influence the severity of the course of the disease. The main ones were the average income of the area in which the patients lived, the level of education received, as well as how densely built up the residential area.
Those people who lived in fairly poor neighborhoods, in most cases, faced the serious consequences of the coronavirus. For example, physicians more often recorded that there was too low a level of oxygen in the blood. In addition, they were much more likely to need immediate connection to a ventilator.
Scientists are confident that this study will affect government agencies and they will begin to help poor areas. It would also be good to strengthen prevention measures, as well as support people to reduce the risks of complications from COVID-19.
Today, a new strain of the Omicron coronavirus is actively spreading around the world. It was first recorded in South Africa in late autumn. This species is characterized by a high rate of infectivity, but at the same time it is much less likely to provoke the course of the disease in a severe form.
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