Italy reports the following from a sample of 355 people who died of COVID-19. At the time of this study, it represented 18% of all deaths in Italy from the disease.:
The following is from the Journal of the American Medical Association publication - url provided under the image.
A subsample of 355 patients with COVID-19 who died in Italy underwent
detailed chart review. Among these patients,
the mean age was 79.5 years (SD, 8.1) and 601
(30.0%) were women. In this sample,
117 patients (30%) had ischemic heart disease,
126 (35.5%) had diabetes,
72 (20.3%) had active cancer,
87 (24.5%) had atrial fibrillation,
24 (6.8%) had dementia, and
34 (9.6%) had a history of stroke.
The mean number of preexisting diseases was 2.7 (SD, 1.6).
Overall, only 3 patients (0.8%) had no diseases,
89 (25.1%) had a single disease,
91 (25.6%) had 2 diseases, and
172 (48.5%) had 3 or more underlying diseases.
The presence of these co-morbidities might have increased the risk of mortality independent of COVID-19 infection.
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