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Why some cases of COVID-19 are more severe than others

Posted On: 10 Apr 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Why some cases of COVID-19 are more severe than others

Based on the data we have so far, the consensus among experts is that people who are older, immunocompromised, or have significant underlying conditions are more likely to experience severe COVID-19 symptoms.
A growing body of research suggests gender, race, genetics, and other factors may also impact a patient's outcome.
"Unhealthy lifestyle habits can absolutely increase your chances of experiencing more severe symptoms," Ramzi Yacoub, chief pharmacy officer at SingleCare, told Business Insider.
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One of the big mysteries surrounding the current pandemic is why some people who test positive for the novel coronavirus exhibit mild symptoms - or none at all - while others have more severe outcomes.
A February report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention based on 72,000 cases found that 81% of COVID-19 patients had moderate symptoms, 14% had a more severe reaction that required hospitalization, and 5% percent were considered critical...

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