Close to 40% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the U.S. are aged 20 to 54: report

A preliminary look at novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. backs up findings that the virus hits the elderly the hardest — but it also found that 38 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were adults under the age of 55.

Released by the U.S. CDC on Wednesday, the report sheds some light on the age groups impacted by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

It shows that 38 per cent of 508 Americans hospitalized with the disease were between 20 and 54 years old. 

The report is based on data from 4,226 COVID-19 cases reported in the U.S. between Feb. 12 and March 16, excluding cases among those repatriated from Wuhan, China and from Japan. It’s essentially a snapshot of some of the earliest recorded cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S.

Ages were reported for 2,449 cases.

It notes that earlier data out of China has already suggested that “a majority” of COVID-19 deaths occurred among older people above the age of 60, and among people with “serious underlying health conditions.”

The CDC report appears to back up that suggestion, finding that 53 per cent of ICU admissions and 80 per cent of COVID-19 related deaths took place among Americans aged 65 and up, with no ICU admissions or deaths among those 19 years or younger.

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