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8 in 10 COVID-19 deaths are elderly people age 65 and older

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Research determines that eight in 10 coronavirus related deaths have been observed in older adults, Fox News reports. Up to eight in 10 coronavirus-related deaths in the United States have involved adults ages 65 years and older. This is citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data from the CDC stated that the highest number of hospitalizations from February 12 to March 16, 2020, were the highest in adults aged 70+. The CDC percentage data has hospitalizations in this age group between 31-70% of adults 85 years or older. 31-59% of adults ages 65-84-years-old.  The highest number of deaths were in adults over the age of 85. Those who died were 10-27% adults 85 and older and 4-11% adults 65-84. 

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Fox News reported, as of Thursday afternoon, the illness has been confirmed in more than 10,750 people in the  United States. The illness has resulted in 154 deaths countrywide. 

Fox also stated that nursing homes and senior assisted living centers have been on “high alert” as more research confirms the healthcare professional claims that elderly people are at the highest risk. 

It is important to note that young adults are not invincible against the virus. While the risk is higher in the elderly, young adults can become ill and even seriously ill with this disease. The Guardian posted this fact along with a series of other facts over myths about the virus. 

The CDC has released literature detailing a correct response to an outbreak in your area. Wash your hands often. Maintain a distance of approximately two arm lengths from a person who is infected. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. 


CDC also noted that fear and anxiety over COVID-19 pandemic is a driver for the common health risk factor of stress. The CDC has likewise posted literature regarding stress and coping. 

Some of the advice from the CDC publication includes the following,

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about COVID-19 on a persistent basis can be upsetting.

Take care of your physical health. Exercise, get proper rest, and whatever other ways you can accommodate your physical health as the crisis persists. 

Make time to “unwind.” Focus on taking the time to do some activities you enjoy. 

Connect with others. Make time to talk with other people during the issues. 

Another important factor for relieving stress is to study the facts presented by news agencies and health services such as the CDC. Understanding the factual risk as opposed to the public panic will reduce your concern for your own health. This will relieve your stress, citing the CDC. 

The CDC also warned that coronavirus can be an especially difficult thing for children. Parents should watch for the following signs in children and teens, 

Excessive crying or irritability in younger children. 

Returning to earlier stages of development. For example, a potty-trained child suddenly having accidents. 

Excessive worry or sadness. 

Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits. 

Irritability and “acting out” behavior in teens. 

Poor academic performance, and difficulty with attentiveness or concentration. 

An avoidance of enjoyed activities. 

Unexplained aches and pains, which often result from stress. 

Use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. 

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Use the advice the CDC gives for adults to apply to the worry and stress in children as well. By studying facts, keeping busy, and trying to take care of your general physical health, you will reduce the risk to mental health as well as the risk of contracting the disease.

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