1 in 5 People Worldwide at Risk of Severe Covid-19 due to un
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One in five people worldwide have an underlying health condition that puts them at risk for severe Covid-19 illness if they contract the virus, claims a new study published in The Lancet.

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• An estimated 1.7 billion people - more than 20 per cent of the world’s population - are at risk, the study said.

• These people either have type 2 diabetes or heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease and a range of other chronic condition.

• Not everyone with an underlying condition would go on to develop severe symptoms, they said.

• Researchers said the findings could help governments make decisions on who receives a Covid-19 vaccine first when one becomes available.

• The study also estimated that about 4 percent of the world’s population, around 349 million people, would require hospitalization if they became infected.

• That number includes patients without underlying medical conditions, such as healthy, older adults; and the risk of hospitalization increases with age.

• The researchers took risk factors highlighted in official guidelines, including heart disease and diabetes, and used broad epidemiology data such as the Global Burden of Diseases study to arrive at their estimates.

Source: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(20)30264-3/fulltext
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