Older people, minorities and those with pre-existing conditions are more likely to die from the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since the first cases of COVID-19, the infectious respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, were detected in Wuhan, China, in late December, medical experts have found that the virus has the ability to completely ravage the bodies of some individuals, while others who are infected experience no symptoms at all.

“Surveillance at all levels of government, and its continued modernization, is critical for monitoring COVID-19 trends and identifying groups at risk for infection and severe outcomes,” the CDC said in a statement. “These findings highlight the continued need for community mitigation strategies, especially for vulnerable populations, to slow COVID-19 transmission.”

Between Jan. 22, when the first U.S. case was confirmed, and May 30, there were 1,761,503 confirmed cases and 103,700 related deaths domestically. Of those cases, 184,673, or 14%, were hospitalized, 29,837 (2%) were admitted to an intensive care unit and 71,116 (5%) died.

Those with underlying conditions — the most common being cardiovascular disease (32%), diabetes (30%) and chronic lung disease (18%) — were overwhelmingly more likely to suffer serious illness, as they were six times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die.

Age was obviously a factor as well, with a higher incidence for people over 80 and the lowest being the age group of 9 and below.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be severe, particularly in certain population groups,” the CDC statement read. “These preliminary findings underscore the need to build on current efforts to collect and analyze case data, especially among those with underlying health conditions.”

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