Wednesday, July 29, 2020

67% of all COVID-19 deaths in Mexico had diabetes, hypertension or obesity: López-Gatell

The Undersecretary of Health presented graphs with which he explained the relationship of comorbidities with deaths from the virus, as well as the percentage of people with these chronic diseases who recover.

The undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, explained this Tuesday that of the total deaths from COVID-19, with update until July 23, 67 percent of people had chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity or a disease cardiovascular. “(Regarding) the causes that have led to mortality, the impact of COVID-19, it is very clear that we have a contribution of chronic diseases in the mortality spectrum,” said the undersecretary while presenting graphs that relate comorbidities to deaths from the new coronavirus.

As of July 23, a total of 41,908 people had died from COVID-19. Until that time, 73 percent of people with the infection had at least one comorbidity, and of these, 67 percent had one of the four diseases mentioned. Another graph made the relationship between confirmed cases (370 thousand 712) and deaths (41 thousand 908) until July 23, and chronic diseases.

According to this, of the total number of patients, 17 percent had hypertension but recovered from the disease, while 43 percent of those infected with this comorbidity died. As for diabetes, 17 percent of people had the infection and got out of it, while 38 percent died. About obesity, 18 percent of people with this comorbidity and virus infection recovered, while 25 percent in the same situation died.

“Already incorporating age as a risk factor, 86 percent of people who have a fatal outcome from COVID had at least one risk factor. What are these? Age itself, greater than 60 years, but in the case Mexican is well known that chronic diseases are the main contributor, “said López-Gatell.

Source: es

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