There are almost 1.5 million positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States. We know that the virus affects adult men and women equally. However, the rate of infection is highest among older Americans. Race and ethnicity are also factors that impact COVID-19 outcomes. For example, 33% of people developing COVID-19 were Hispanic/Latino, 22% were black, and 1.3% were American Indian or Alaska Native. Underlying health conditions were very common in people with COVID-19, especially heart disease (32%), diabetes (30%), and chronic lung disease (18%). Overall, 14% of patients were admitted to the hospital, 2% to an intensive care unit (ICU), and 5% died. Hospitalizations were 6 times higher among patients with a reported underlying medical condition. Deaths were 12 times higher among patients with underlying conditions compared with those without underlying conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be severe, particularly in certain higher risk population groups.
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