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1 in 4 hospitalized patients with most severe form of COVID-19 will die, study finds

1 in 4 hospitalized patients with most severe form of COVID-19 will die, study finds

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April 2 (UPI) -- About 23% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 experience the most severe form of the disease and roughly one in four of them will die due to its complications, according to a study published Friday by PLOS ONE. An additional 60% suffer from the "normal" symptoms, but still have serious heart and lung complications that carry a 10% risk for death, the data showed. Advertisement Collectively, COVID-19 patients in these two categories are more than seven times as likely to be hospitalized due to the illness and nearly three times as likely to die from it, compared to the 17% percent of patients with mild infections, the researchers said. "Patients do not suffer from COVID-19 in a uniform matter," researchers from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis wro...
Study: COVID-19 death risk higher for people with severe MS disability

Study: COVID-19 death risk higher for people with severe MS disability

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March 19 (UPI) -- Older adults with severe disability due to multiple sclerosis are 25 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those with more mild forms of the neurological disorder, a study published Friday by JAMA Neurology found. These same patients with multiple sclerosis are up to four times as likely to develop severe COVID-19 symptoms and require hospital care after getting infected with the virus, the data showed. Advertisement In addition, MS patients treated with corticosteroids like prednisone -- a common class of drugs used in people with the condition -- are three times as likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and four times as likely to die from the disease compared to those who do not use these medications. Similarly, those treated with rituximab -- a man-made antibo...
CDC: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine program lowers cases of severe disease among older adults

CDC: Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine program lowers cases of severe disease among older adults

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Widespread acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine among older adults in Israel has led to a decline in those requiring mechanical ventilation during treatment for the disease, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Israel launched a robust vaccination program in December and, by Feb. 9, 84% of those age 70 and older had received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, the agency said. Advertisement From October through December of last year, prior to the start of the vaccination campaign, adults age 70 and older were nearly six times as likely to require mechanical ventilation to treat COVID-19 compared to adults under age 50 years. By February, after widespread vaccination, older adults were just under twice as likely to req...
Study: Most with severe COVID-19 develop a ‘robust’ antibody response

Study: Most with severe COVID-19 develop a ‘robust’ antibody response

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Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Most people's immune systems can fight back against COVID-19 when they develop severe disease, according to a study published Thursday by PLOS Pathogens. Eight people, after recovery from serious illness, had higher levels of neutralizing antibodies against the virus than 10 patients with more mild symptoms, the data showed. Advertisement Neutralizing antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system to fight off infections. The findings support the use of antibody-based therapy, perhaps with blood plasma donated by those who have recovered from COVID-19, to prevent and treat the disease, the researchers said. "Even with a vaccine at our doorstep, arming clinicians with specific anti-[COVID-19] therapeutics is extremely important," wrote the authors, from Tel Aviv Un...
CDC: LGBT adults may be at higher risk for severe COVID-19

CDC: LGBT adults may be at higher risk for severe COVID-19

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Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults are more likely to suffer from several chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk for severe COVID-19, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the conditions linked to risk for more severe illness more common among LGBT adults is asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Advertisement The agency recommends that more data on sexual orientation and gender identity be included with COVID-19 surveillance to improve treatment in LGBT patients. "The higher prevalence of conditions like heart disease, COPD and diabetes in those who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual compared to those who identify as heterosexua...