New study finds severe Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications

New study finds severe Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications

New study finds severe Covid-19 can cause severe brain complications

The CDC says age is an independent risk factor for severe illness, but risk in older adults is also in part related to the increased likelihood that older adults also have underlying medical conditions. And that is still true. Many southern states - namely Florida and Texas - and California are now experiencing a startling resurgence of cases. Obesity is one of the most common underlying conditions that increases one's risk for severe illness-with about 40 percent of USA adults having obesity.

Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a separate count, reported 37,077 new cases, its highest single-day figure. That means half of those infected were older than 48 and half were younger.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control this week said more than 20 million people in the USA could have contracted the coronavirus, based on results from antibody testing. Previously the warning related to people who had a BMI of 40 or over. People with diabetes, kidney disease, moderate to severe asthma, and obesity are also at higher risk.

This sharp increase in confirmed cases comes on the heels of many states easing social distancing restrictions. However, it was 2.4% for those in their 50s, 6.7% for those in their 60s, 16.6% for those in their 70s and 28.7% for those 80 and up. Similarly, the risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit was higher for those in their 60s (4.1%) and 70s (5.6%) than for those 80 and above (3.6%).

The country recorded its biggest daily increase in new cases on Thursday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the true number of Americans infected by COVID-19 could be almost 10 times higher than the 2.3 million cases that have been confirmed.

The new guidance breaks down medical conditions that can influence disease severity into those for which there is strong evidence, and those for which the evidence is not as strong, classifying the latter as conditions that might increase the risk of severe illness.

But, announcing a halt to that process, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, said: "There is a massive outbreak of Covid-19 across the state of Texas today". And when combined, the risk is even greater.

"We may need to get out the message that young people are not somehow naturally immune to this virus, although they may be at lower risk of severe infection", he said.

The update was made to the existing two wide categories of older adults and people with underlying medical conditions.

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