Pandemic Preys on the Aged

A new Lancet Infectious Diseases article quantifies how COVID-19 gets more dangerous with age. 

70 is a particularly sharp turning point. While 4% of patients in their 60s died, 8.6% of patients in their 70s died, Imperial College London researchers found. Hence why Italy, with its relatively old population, has been so hard-hit.

While elderly people are more prone to chronic conditions and compromised immunity, age isn’t everything. An 80-year-old with a “younger” immune system may stand a better chance against COVID-19 than a 60-year-old with several chronic conditions.


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