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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

Two women walk in the town of Codogno, in the region of Lombardia, northern Italy, Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Two women walk in the town of Codogno, in the region of Lombardia, northern Italy, Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Claudio Furlan, La Presse via Associated Press

A new study from Italy’s national health authority found more than 99% of people who died from the coronavirus in the country had preexisting health conditions.

  • 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.

The bigger picture with Italy

  • Italy announced Thursday that it had surpassed China as the country with the largest number of reported deaths from the coronavirus with 3,405, according to The Washington Post.