Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Who's Dying From The Coronavirus? Answer: People My Age and Older

In the United States -- as of today -- at least 112 people have died since the first U.S. case of the Coronavirus was reported in January 2020 and the virus has spread to all states, the District of Columbia and some territories. According to a CNN tally of data from state heath officials, older adults are twice as likely to have serious illness from the Coronavirus and the fatal cases in the U.S. appear to reflect that. The majority of people who have died were in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The youngest were in their early or mid-50s. I'll be turning 55 years of age in two weeks.

Many of those who have died have had pre-existing health problems, such as diabetes, emphysema and heart issues. Some had recently traveled overseas. I'm thankful to be healthy with no pre-existing issues, and I have not done any traveling. I reside in the state of Indiana and to date there have been two deaths here, both of those people in their 60s.

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of today the total number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus worldwide has now surpassed 200,000, while the death toll has topped 8,000. The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, there are over 6,400 Americans with confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.

Keep Reaching For Life's Mileposts,

Paul Staso