The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report saying the majority of patients who had died from COVID-19 had mitigating health issues.
According to the CDC, 94 percent of patients had conditions ranging from respiratory illnesses and heart disease to obesity and diabetes.
“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned,” the report said. “For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death,” the report said.
It has long been established that people with respiratory issues are more seriously affected when they get COVID-19.
The CDC report was said to focus on provisional data that looked at the death certificate information rather than the hospital or nursing home data.
“Provisional death counts deliver the most complete and accurate picture of lives lost to COVID-19,” the CDC said. “They are based on death certificates, which are the most reliable source of data and contain information not available anywhere else, including comorbid conditions, race and ethnicity, and place of death.”