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Capitalism has always involved a “how many deaths are acceptable” calculus, and the answer has almost always been “the number of deaths at which people start rising up” minus one — All Cats Are Beautiful (@Vicky_ACAB) March 23, 2020

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“The world says: "You have needs -- satisfy them. You have as much right as the rich and the mighty. Don't hesitate to satisfy your needs; indeed, expand your needs and demand more." This is the worldly doctrine of today. And they believe that this is freedom. The result for the rich is isolation and suicide, for the poor, envy and murder.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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“The oligachy’s rule over government is obvious and can no longer be kept hidden.”

Jamarl, ETHICS in an "evolved universe" (i.e. RANDOM) has NO MEANING! If there is no Creator God to DEFINE what is RIGHT and what is WRONG, ALL BEHAVIOR is just a CHOICE, like you mistakenly advocate. The Oligarchy hasn't simply made a "dystopian choice"; it has EMBRACED EVIL BEHAVIOR!

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if God doesn't exist, then everything is permitted" -- Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Human Inequity is directly proportional to the amount of human iniquity. -- A. G. Gelbert

Watch this video and tell me your, oh so "rational" conclusions about "what this universe is all about" are based on "science":
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April 7, 2020

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

SNIPPETS:

Remember last year when Washington Post reporters were boldly declaring that vitamins C and D could not (and should not) be used against respiratory infections? The information I was sharing about their use was deemed so dangerous to public health that I was branded as a "fake news" site by self-appointed, 😈 pharma-owned arbiters of truth like NewsGuard.

How times have changed. After having defamatory lies published about me, vitamins C and D are now (finally) being adopted in the conventional treatment of novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. ... ...

In my interview with him, Hunninghake suggested one of the reasons why conventional medicine has been so slow to recognize the importance of vitamin C has to do with the fact that they've been looking at it as a mere vitamin, when in fact it's a potent oxidizing agent that can help eliminate pathogens when given in high doses.

There are also financial factors. In short, it's too inexpensive.    Conventional medicine, as a general rule, is notoriously uninterested in solutions that cannot produce significant profits. One of the primary reasons we're now seeing its use against COVID-19 is undoubtedly because we had no expensive drugs in the medical arsenal that could be turned to.

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COVID-19 April 8, 2020 US 🏴☠️ 1,986 NEW DEATHS IN ONE DAY!
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The Death Toll and Associated Social Deprivation and Misery Continues to Inexorably INCREASE
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New Research Shows Anti-Coronavirus Drugs Could Be Produced for Pennies
Instead, those drugs are being sold for thousands of dollars each, proving once again that the private, for-profit pharmaceutical industry is ill-equipped to handle a global public health crisis like COVID-19.




A newarticle in the Journal of Virus Eradication published yesterday explored the cost of mass producing several drugs that have shown distinct promise in the global fight against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The research, headed by Dr. Andrew Hill from the Department of Translational Medicine, University of Liverpool, found treatments like Remdesivir, a drug used to treat SARS and Ebola, could be produced for just $0.93 per daily dose, and a combination of Hepatitis C medications Sofosbuvir and Daclatasvir can be made for just $0.39. This would translate to just $9 and $5 respectively for a full course of treatment.

“If favorable results are shown from these new trials, there is the potential to rapidly upscale production of the most promising drugs,” the team of researchers writes. “The safety profiles of these drugs have already been established from clinical trials for other diseases, so they could be rapidly deployed to treat COVID-19 before vaccines become available. Trials of a number of different drugs are underway across the world. Should repurposed drugs demonstrate efficacy against COVID-19, they could be manufactured profitably at very low costs, for much less than current list prices,” they conclude.

However, an effective vaccine will likely not be available until at least late 2021, meaning that in the meantime, existing drugs are humanity’s best hope. The problem is that the sale price of many of those being tested is prohibitively expensive, meaning even high-income countries will struggle to pay for them.

Antimalarial treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Trump, no less, could be produced for just $0.30 and $1 for a full two-week course. However, the former has a sale price of $93 in the U.S. The authors note that while one small Chinese study found some benefit to the drug, others found no significant differences between groups who took the drug and others who did not, warning against reaching any concrete conclusions yet.

coronavirus drug costs

Source | Journal of Virus Eradication

Three of the drugs being tested – Sofosbuvir, Remdesivir and Truvada – are manufactured by California-based Gilead Sciences. While a two-week Sofosbuvir/Daclatasvir course retails in Pakistan for $6, Gilead charges up to $18,610 for exactly the same medication in the United States. The pharma giant has alreadyannounced it intends to produce 500,000 treatment courses of Remdesivir by October, and one million by 2021. However, if it proves effective in fighting the virus, this will likely be nowhere near enough; there are already over 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with nearly 100,000 deaths officially counted. The cost of the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Remdesivir is around $4,000 per kilo. However, there is only about 1 gram of it in each full course, meaning that a lifesaving dose would cost around $0.93 to produce per day – substantially cheaper than the cost of the syringes and other equipment necessary to administer the drug itself.

Dr. Hill spoke with MintPress News today, telling us that HIV medication Truvada is also being considered as a potential weapon in fighting the virus. “There is a 4,000 patient study just started in Spain and there is some evidence that it might work, but it is very circumstantial,” he said. “In Africa, Truvada costs about $1 per week so you could make a course of treatment for coronavirus for $2.” However, in the United States, Gilead charges Americans around $2,000 per month, raking in a gross profit of around 28,000 percent. As a result of the enormous price gouging,fewer than ten percent of Americans who should be taking the drug currently are. As MintPress reported in December, Gilead is also widely accused of holding back development of the drug until its patent for a previous, far inferior HIV medication, ran out. A company-funded study found that preventing patients from taking the new drug would cause an extra 16,000 deaths over nine years. Perhaps most shockingly of all, Truvada was actually developed at public expense, the taxpayer footing the bill or $50 million worth of research and development into it. Yet it continues to be sold to us at nearly 300 times the price even developed countries like Australia pay for it.

Over seven million South Africans have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, an (official) prevalence rate of 19 percent of the population. When its government bypassed patent laws and began distributing generic medication to its impoverished population, dozens of pharmaceutical companiestook it to court, demanding to have their lost profits reimbursed. They dropped their case only after aworldwide outcry.

Choosing profits over people

Will what has happened with HIV drugs happen to coronavirus medication as well? There are already signs that governments are acting swiftly to ignore pharmaceutical corporations’ patents. “What’s happening now is governments are just taking over, putting funding in to look at any treatment against coronavirus and we’re not relying on the companies that much,” Dr. Hill told MintPress:

Israel has already put in legislation to break the patent on one of the drugs. In Spain, legislation has been changed to allow government to take over production if necessary. So this is actually already happening. There is going to be a choice. Companies may choose to do whatever is necessary to produce the drugs at an affordable price or governments might step in.

Pharmaceutical companies often argue that tough patent laws that prevent the theft of intellectual property are the only way in which research and innovation can continue. In this instance, Dr. Hill is skeptical of the argument, saying:

This is a brand new infection. There are drugs that were developed for other diseases that have been repurposed; they are almost working by accident. And I don’t think it is fair for a company to financially gain selling a drug when they actually have done almost no research and development on coronavirus. The drugs are just being taken and applied to the disease and it is a complete chance whether they succeed or fail. The companies have done almost no research into coronavirus so they don’t deserve to be rewarded.”

The private, for-profit pharmaceutical industry appears ill equipped to handle a global public health crisis like COVID-19. According to economist Dean Baker, systemic problems require systemic solutions. “Drugs are almost invariably cheap to manufacture. They end up being expensive because of patent and related monopolies,” he told us in December. He argues the government should buy up patents and make the drugs freely available, drastically reducing costs, alsoadvocating for the creation of a publicly financed pharmaceutical research network, where the taxpayer pays for medical research upfront and all inventions or drugs that come out of it are in the public domain.

“I would look to replace patent monopoly supported research with direct public funding. This could be done by the same companies that do research now. The difference would be that under the system I envision they would get long-term contracts, with the condition that all findings be posted as soon as practical (so other researchers could benefit) and that all patents would be placed in the public domain so that they could be sold as generics from day one,” he explained.

With no COVID-19 vaccine even close to ready, existing drugs are humanity’s best hope against the virus. Fortunately, a number of cheap-to-produce drugs and other remedies have shown promising initial signs. However, produced and controlled by multinational pharmaceutical corporations, the exorbitant cost of many of them could provide an overwhelming barrier to the well being of the world’s population. The decision now is whether governments will choose to put profits or people first.

Feature photo | A research assistant holds coronavirus test samples in her hands at the Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (LAVES) in Hanover, Germany, April 1, 2020. Peter Steffen | dpa via AP

Alan MacLeod is a Staff Writer for MintPress News. After completing his PhD in 2017 he published two books: Bad News From Venezuela: Twenty Years of Fake News and Misreporting and Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. He has also contributed to Fairness and Accuracy in ReportingThe GuardianSalonThe GrayzoneJacobin MagazineCommon Dreams the American Herald Tribune and The Canary.


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COVID-19 🏴☠️ Pandemic
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New Harvard Study Links COVID Deaths & Air Pollution — Interview With Dr. Francesca Dominici

April 11th, 2020 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on the blog of Union of Concerned Scientists. Gretchen Goldman, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

A new study was made public this week that sheds light on the connection between COVID-19 health impacts and air pollution. I sat down (virtually of course) with Dr. Francesca Dominici, author and Director of the Data Science Initiative at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to learn more about the study’s findings, which focused on fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and what researchers plan to do next to further our understanding of air pollution’s impact on coronavirus health outcomes.

Dr. Gretchen Goldman: These are groundbreaking new findings on the relationship between PM2.5 air pollution and COVID-19. What are the key findings?

Dr. Francesca Dominici: To our knowledge, this is the first study that quantifies on a national scale the potential increase in COVID mortality rate that is associated with long-term exposure to air pollution. We use data from counties that account for 90% of the COVID-19 deaths in the US as of April 4, 2020.

The most important result is that we found that people living in counties in the US that have experienced a higher level of air pollution over the past 15–17 years have a substantially higher COVID-19 mortality rate. To quantify, we found that a one unit increase in long-term average exposure to fine particulate matter is associated with a 15% increase in COVID-19 mortality rate on average in the analysis. This increase accounts for adjustments for any systematic differences between county level characteristics [such as population density or smoking rates].

We also wanted to put into perspective this 15% increase in mortality rate for COVID with all the other evidence we have produced in the past for the long-term effect of fine particulate matter on all-cause mortality. This is important to report: A one unit increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a 15% increase in COVID-19 mortality rate with a magnitude that is 20 times that of PM2.5 and all-cause mortality (which is 0.7%). So in the Medicare study [Di et al, 2017], we report that a one unit increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 is associated with a 0.7% increase in all-cause mortality. In this study, we have that one unit associated with a 15% increase in COVID-19 mortality so the relationship between PM2.5 and COVID mortality is 20 times stronger than the relationship between PM2.5 and all-cause mortality.


GG: These are notable findings. Did they surprise you?

FD: I was expecting a statistically significant association. At the beginning, I was surprised at how strong the association is but then as I was thinking more about it, I was less surprised because as we are learning more and more about COVID-19, we are also learning that all the diseases that are affected by fine particulate matter are all of the diseases that make the outcomes for COVID-19 much worse.

So, basically, this is like adding gasoline to the fire. People that have been breathing polluted air for a long time, we know that long-term exposure to fine particulate matter increases inflammation in the lungs and potentially in the cardiovascular system. If on top of that, these individuals are affected by COVID-19, then it’s not surprising given that they’ve already been impacted by fine particulate matter, that they might respond with much worse health outcomes than someone who lives in a clean air county.

GG: We know that some groups (such as the elderly and those with lung diseases) are at higher risk of adverse health effects from PM2.5 exposure, and that some populations (such as environmental justice communities) have higher burdens of air pollution. How do these new findings inform how we think about who is most vulnerable to severe outcomes from COVID-19?

FD: To be rigorous, we have to consider that this is early data. For now, we have just looked at the relationship between county level exposure to PM2.5 and COVID-19 mortality. Unfortunately, the mortality data is not currently available by age and race and so on. From the data in this particular study, I don’t think we can characterize vulnerability and susceptibility, but I do think it is not too much of an extrapolation from the data to expect that people that have been experiencing and breathing and living in very polluted areas, whether they are young or old, and they have pneumonia or asthma or any other chronic lung disease, and also people that are generally socially disadvantaged (e.g. African Americans, low socioeconomic status) [may face worse COVID outcomes].

These are all the communities that will experience higher COVID deaths. But I do think we need a little more refined data to be able to pinpoint this type of vulnerability profile more precisely. The unfortunate thing is that more deaths will arrive. In the next few months, we will be able to characterize vulnerability a little bit more precisely based on what we know.

GG: What additional research is needed to understand links between air pollution and COVID-19?

FD: There is an enormous amount of work that needs to be done. This is a first look at the data. First of all, this is county-level data; we need to look at the relationship between air pollution and COVID health outcomes at a much smaller spatial resolution. In some states, for example New York, they are now making available zip code-level data. It will be really important to repeat the analysis at a spatial resolution much smaller than the county.

Second, we have only looked at deaths. As we have testing done in a more systematic fashion (though the number of cases is always a little controversial outcome because it depends on practices), as we have hospitalization data, as we have data on the outcome after you’ve been hospitalized, there will be important analyses and questions to explore, regarding the potential interaction between exposure to fine particulate matter, race, and socioeconomic status with respect to COVID deaths. We know, as of today, it has been reported that there is a much higher burden of COVID deaths among African Americans so I would expect there is going to be a high interaction with exposure to fine particulate matter and race in terms of that outcome.

Third, we also need to look at many other pollutants. We are only looking at fine particulate matter but we can also look at traffic pollutants, we can look at NO2, we can also look at ozone. I wanted to get the first data out there because I wanted to make sure that the general public and the government will start really paying attention to the communities with higher levels of particulate matter because they have potential to be more affected by the virus.

GG: What ways could public health officials and political leaders use these findings to best protect the public?

FD: There is a very concrete action which is to implement stricter social distancing measures and to make sure that there is adequate access to health care resources for the most polluted areas in the US.

It is pretty clear from the data that these are the counties in the US that have been affected and have high levels of pollution in the last few years, even if we haven’t seen it yet. In some of them, we are already seeing very high levels of deaths. But in ones where we haven’t yet seen higher numbers of deaths, we need to pay attention because they are at higher risk of much worse health outcomes for COVID. So we have to give them higher priority and really look closely at these counties because this is where getting COVID could get much worse in terms of outcomes than places where people are breathing cleaner air.

GG: The 🦖 EPA is in the process of 😈 reviewing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. How do these findings inform the EPA’s decision on how to protect public health from particulate pollution? What is at stake here?

FD: It seems pretty clear to me that we are now living in a new world with this COVID virus. So not paying enough attention and weakening the National Ambient Air Quality Standards standards, I actually see it as a very unwise decision, I would go as far as saying irresponsible decision because we now know that exposure to fine particulate matter puts American people at risk to die from COVID, in addition to everything else we know about the harmful effects of fine particulate matter. So I will call it unwise and irresponsible.

GG: Anything else people should know about this new research?

FD: This study is completely open-sourced. You can go on the website, you can download the data, and you can run all of our code. There is absolutely no question that this is a fully reproducible and fully publicly available study. We will continue to update the analysis as unfortunately more deaths occur and more data will come in.

Now that we have developed the platform, if for example hospitalization data becomes available, we will definitely continue to analyze data in a way that we can protect and inform public health in the best ways possible.

https://cleantechnica.com/2020/04/11/new-harvard-study-links-covid-deaths-air-pollution-interview-with-dr-francesca-dominici/


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Currently, there are about 100 cruise ships remaining at sea off the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast, with nearly 80,000 crew onboard, the CDC noted, and said there are 20 cruise ships at port or anchorage in the United States with known or suspected COVID-19 infection among the crew who remain onboard.

U.S. CDC Extends “No Sail Order” for All Cruise Ships
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April 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended its “no sail order” for all cruise ships, as it looks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The CDC new order says that cruise ships have to cease operations for up to 100 days, or the expiration of the [...]  Read full story...
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It required a shameful opportunist by the name of Bill Clinton coming into the Democratic Party as the great reinventor of the center of our American politics, you know. For poor people, reversed the whole war on poverty. Prison, millions of people, the whole incarceration program and the drug war and all the stuff he did. And you can go down the list of really the crimes of the center of the Democratic Party, allowing the concentration of media, the Telecommunications Act that let these big giants–they’re now companies like Verizon and others, you know, Comcast–they can own MSNBC or something. And everybody thought, oh, that’s good, they’re all for us, and you could have another billionaire like Jeff Bezos own the Washington Post; that’s good for journalism, you know.

Scheer Intelligence: Coronavirus Has Already Transformed America, For Better And For Worse
By Robert Scheer, KCRW. In a special edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” host Robert Scheer becomes the guest as filmmaker Stephen French asks for the journalist’s take on the coronavirus crisis. Speaking on the eve of Scheer’s 84th birthday, the “Scheer Intelligence” host draws from lessons learned in his seven decades of reporting to make sense of this unprecedented moment. His two most recent books, “They Know Everything About You” and “The Great American Stickup,” are especially helpful in understanding how governments, as well as financial institutions and private companies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. -more-


A Pandemic Is No Time For Precarious Work
By Bama Athreya, Inequality.org. The Trump administration and many of its wealthiest allies recklessly floated an end to social distancing, endangering public health to allegedly help “the economy.” I don’t usually take the trouble of responding to right-wing opinions, but the gleeful celebration of the gig economy during a pandemic is further evidence of an empathy deficit among their ranks. The executive class, safe in their bunkers, are considering how they can best take further advantage of a precarious workforce. Need to go out and don’t want to face public transportation? Just order car service from Uber or Lyft. Want to avoid crowded...-more-

Cuban Medical Aid In Italy Shows Positive Results
By Telesur English. According to Dr. Carlos Pérez Díaz, head of the Cuban medical brigade in Italian territory, 12 of the 36 affected by the virus in Lombardy have already recovered. Perez Diaz explained that the Cuban medical team received 16 cases on the first day of work. These patients came from the Intensive Care Unit of the Crema Hospital in the Lombardy region. According to his statement to the Cuban press, the medical brigade, as of April 3, had served 428 people. Of those infected with COVID-19, 5 were transferred to intensive care at the hospital. Only one of those infected died. Among other information...  -more-
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🚨 OVER 82,000 COVID-19 SICK 🤢 HOSPITALIZED in US 🥺
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   Demand Guidance On Ethical Treatment Of Covid-19 Patients in Illinois!
by: A coalition of Illinois 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ health care workers
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COVID-19 is most deadly when it attacks the lungs, often requiring intervention with ventilators, machines that help patients breathe. Because ventilators are limited in the United States, hospitals may eventually run out, leaving physicians with the daunting task of choosing which patients will have access to ventilators and which patients will not.

We are a coalition of healthcare workers concerned for the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens, and we ask you to support our mission to demand that the state of Illinois create official regulations for the ethical allocation of ventilators in times of scarcity. Please sign this petition if you believe that all patients—regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, disabilities,or immigration status—should have fair access to ventilators!

It is crucial that the state of Illinois act now to implement ethical guidelines for the fair allocation of ventilators so that vulnerable patient populations, including those with disabilities, will not be discriminated against. Illinois has requested emergency stocks of ventilators, PPE and other medical equipment from the federal government and as of March 31st, has only received 10% of what was requested.

U.S. law mandates that states have plans for emergency hazard situations, but many states, including Illinois, fail to indicate how doctors should decide which patients get access to ventilators in the event of a shortage. Some states, including New York, have put good policies into place that regulate how doctors will make these decisions. While the outbreak in Illinois is not as bad as New York, it may be soon. Illinois must follow suit and create their own policies before it's too late.

Without these policies, decisions to exclude certain patients can be discriminatory and unethical. In fact, disability groups in the state of Washington have already had to file suit against their state about this issue. Some hospitals in Illinois are offering resources, and there is plenty of literature coming out on the topic. But we can't have a patchwork system, especially because Illinois is already creating pop up hospitals that will need guidance.

The lack of regulations in Illinois not only sends a message to vulnerable communities that their safety is not being insured; it also leaves the burden of these difficult decisions to doctors. Healthcare providers are already at increased risk given the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). We can't expect them to also have the task of making life and death decisions with no ethical guidelines. Studies show that doctors are often faced with impossible choices, suffering PTSD and other mental health problems as a result.

Illinois must provide clear and comprehensive regulations for the allocation of ventilators so that doctors can be relieved of this burden, allowing them to make efficient, life-saving decisions during this crisis. Illinois now has thousands of cases of COVID-19, and the virus is spreading quickly. It is crucial that policies outlining how to ethically allocate ventilators be put into place in our state. As healthcare workers, we will not tolerate indecision that could put vulnerable populations at risk. Help us send a message that all our patients are valuable and deserve fair treatment.

Illinois should convene a panel of physicians, ethicists, public health officials and other authorities to come up with the most ethical way for doctors to make impossible decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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YESTERDAY, April 12, 2020:

TODAY:

🚨 OVER 11,000 INCREASE IN COVID-19 SICK 🤢 HOSPITALIZED in US in ONE DAY! 😬
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April 13, 2020

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Among Italy's COVID-19 ☠️ Fatalities, 99% Had 🏴 This 👀

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

In Italy, more than 99% of fatalities from COVID-19 occurred among people who had underlying medical conditions

► The finding came from an examination of 18% of Italy’s COVID-19 deaths, which revealed that only three people who died — or 0.8% — had no underlying conditions

Among Italy’s COVID-19 fatalities, 76.1% had high blood pressure, 35.5% had diabetes and 33% had heart disease

Underlying health conditions like heart disease and diabetes are linked to “poorer clinical outcomes,” such as admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), a need for invasive ventilation or death, among COVID-19 patients

To beat COVID-19, one of the best strategies is to get your underlying chronic conditions under control; even diabetes and high blood pressure can often be reversed via healthy diet and lifestyle


While the World Health Organization has put the death rate from novel coronavirus, COVID-19, at 3.4%,1 a study in Nature Medicine put it much lower, at 1.4%.2 The fact is, with many cases going unreported and untested, mild and asymptomatic cases may not be included in official COVID-19 death rate figures, which could skew the death rate significantly, making it appear higher than it actually is.

In Italy, however — the “new” epicenter for COVID-19 — the number of deaths reportedly overtook those in China by mid- to late March 2020.3

As the home to the world’s second-oldest population after Japan, Italy’s elderly population is at increased risk of death from COVID-19, but there’s another factor that also makes you more susceptible to death or serious illness if you contract COVID-19: an underlying health condition, particularly diabetes or high blood pressure.

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