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About 76% covid-19 patients had low-immunity and diabetes, says health ministry

Updated on:22 September 2020, 09:27am IST
You need to take your health seriously, because according to the Indian health ministry people with existing health conditions are more prone to covid-19.
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Hypertension and diabetes are the most common comorbidities found in Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) patients, with 5.74% and 5.20% of the patients analysed as part of the Union health ministry’s disease surveillance initiative having been suffering from these two medical conditions respectively.

About 76% of those infected had comorbidities, and conditions that have been commonly observed in Covid-19 patients include hypertension, diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, asthma, chronic renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), low immunity, malignancy, bronchitis and chronic neuromuscular disease among others

Age-wise distribution of patient data analysed till Monday showed nearly 63% of the positive cases were either 40 years of age, or below, and just about 10% positive cases were above 60 years of age.

Men made up for 68.48%, and women 31.51% of the total case load
The findings about the age-wise distribution of infections and deaths in India appear to be in line with what scientists have observed about the global trends of the disease — it disproportionally infects younger people, while it severely affects those who are older.

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Fever, cough and sore throat are the most common three symptoms that Covid-19 cases experience. Of the data analysed of 37,084 laboratory confirmed cases, 25.03% had fever, 16.36 had developed cough, and 7.35% complained also of sore (itchy) throat.

Breathless, however, was observed in 5.11% of the cases
However, government’s data shows India’s patient recovery graph is also going up steadily as nearly one in four covid-19 patients are healthy individuals with no known comorbidities, leading to a better chances of recovery.

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At least 90,000 Covid-19 patients have been cured and discharged from home or facility isolation and hospitals every single day for three consecutive days.

“This high rate of daily recoveries has positioned India as the top country globally with maximum number of recovered cases. This has also pushed the Recovery Rate to a high of more than 80%,” the health ministry tweeted on Tuesday morning.

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Rhythma Kaul works as an assistant editor at Hindustan Times. She covers health and related topics, including ministry of health and family welfare, government of India.