99% of people who died from COVID-19 in Italy had other illnesses, according to Italian officials
New numbers from Italy suggest preexisting health conditions matter a lot
- Health officials recently looked through the data from the more than 2,500 deaths within the country, according to Bloomberg.
A look at the numbers:
- The new study said about 8% of Italy’s population was infected with the virus, which is higher than other countries.
- The study looked into 18% of the country’s COVID-19 fatalities and found three victims — so 0.8% of the total — didn’t have any preexisting condition, according to Bloomberg.
- About half of the victims had three prior illnesses.
- About 25% had one or two conditions.
- More than 75% had high blood pressure.
- About 35% had diabetes.
- About 33% had heart disease.
- The study found the average age for those who died was 79.5. according to Bloomberg.
- The average age of those infected was 63 years old, the Washington Examiner reports.