March 3, 2021

Govt-19: Are hospital patients young? | UK News

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 now is almost double that of last spring.

Doctors say they also see younger patients than ever before.

Sarah Stanley, regional director of Bornett Hospital, told Sky News The average age has decreased 70 to 59 years old.

Does the data tell the same story? Are corona virus patients now young? Is there a higher risk of young people dying now than ever before?

Overall more people are now hospitalized compared to last spring and the average age of patients has dropped.

Data show that the 18-54 and 55-64 age groups are now at a higher rate than ever before.

This makes the NHS more vulnerable as these patients stay in the hospital longer than the elderly.

But when more patients are younger, the risk of serious illness is similar for all ages.

If you consider the rate of hospitalization per capita population, people over the age of 85 still need hospital treatment COVID-19, Followed by 75 to 84 year olds.

However, the rate for teenagers has increased slightly in recent weeks, but not significantly.

A similar pattern can be seen for the risk of dying with the virus.

Research from Imperial College London has found that the risk doubles every eight years, ranging from 0.1% for those under 40 to 5% for those over 80.

The chart below shows the number of deaths with COVID-19 for each age group as a percentage of their population. The darker the color, the higher the ratio.

The distribution on the right, corresponding to the most recent weeks, is similar to the death toll rising for the first time in April last year.

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Therefore, while most young people end up in the hospital with a diagnosis of COVID-19 while the mean age of patients decreases, the risk of serious illness and death remains the same for all groups.

What is clear, however, is that overall more people have been hospitalized with the virus than there were in the spring.