High blood pressure and diabetes are the most common underlying conditions found among those with comorbidities who died of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, health authorities said Wednesday.
Having a baseline condition can significantly increase the risk of death from COVID-19, and about 85% of Angelenos who die from the virus have had at least one comorbidity, which is the presence of one or more additional conditions, public health officials say of LA County in a news release.
High blood pressure is the most common, seen in 52% of deaths. Another 41% of the heirs had diabetes and 26% had cardiovascular disease other than hypertension, officials said.
Neurological disease is the fourth leading pre-existing condition, reported among 21
“People living with chronic diseases suffer the worst consequences of COVID-19 infection,” the department said in a statement. “These figures should remind us of the importance of ensuring equal access to preventive health care and other resources that reduce people’s vulnerability to this virus.”
Those with such underlying conditions were eligible for the vaccine in California on March 15 because of their higher risk of dying from the virus. Click here for more information on how to find a vaccine appointment in Southern California, where anyone over the age of 16 is already eligible.
Chronic disease is also a leading indicator of COVID-19 hospitalization, with about 87% of those treated for the virus in Los Angeles County from last August to January having at least one comorbidity.
The most common pre-existing condition among hospitalized patients is cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, seen in 66% of patients, officials said.
This is followed by diabetes, found in 42% of hospitalized people and 36% of the dead who are overweight, according to the health department.
Another 57 coronavirus deaths were reported in Los Angeles County on Wednesday, raising the pandemic to 23,553.
As of Wednesday, about 500 people are battling the virus in hospitals across the country, about a quarter of them in intensive care.
But health officials put forward a promising figure: As more elderly people become fully vaccinated, the hospitalization rate for people aged 80 and over decreases by 96%.
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