Seniors are up to 18 times more likely to die from covid-19, says study by CRM-ES

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Patients over 60 years of age infected with the new coronavirus are almost 12 times more likely to die than the rest of the population. This is what a study by the Regional Council of Medicine of Espírito Santo (CRM-ES) points out, released on Monday (26). The survey analyzed data from the Unified Health System (SUS), from the beginning of the pandemic, in March this year, until September 15.

According to the research, the risk of death for patients with covid-19 for this age group is 60% and rises to 90% if the person has any associated disease, such as hypertension and diabetes. Thus, the infected individual who is in these conditions has an 18 times greater risk of dying, compared to the others.

The study presented this Monday is the most detailed yet done on the impact of covid-19 on the elderly population in Espírito Santo. “We are facing an unprecedented pandemic, about which we had no knowledge. So it is necessary for us to establish a memory to start to be more or less aware of what is happening, so that cases like these, if they appear again, we already have prior knowledge “, highlighted the president of CRM-ES, Celso Murad.

The survey also reveals that women with the coronavirus are 40% more likely to survive than men. According to the study, those who most progress to death are men aged between 50 and 79 years. The lethality rate in Espírito Santo, in general, was 3%.

The study also made suggestions for the public authorities to improve the fight against covid-19 in Espírito Santo, how to strengthen primary care and ensure more access to health services for the less educated population, especially in the interior of the state. It was also recommended to expand the testing capacity among the population.

“It is a new disease, which has seven months now, since the first case was diagnosed in Espírito Santo, and it is progressive. The improvement has to be progressive, constant, evaluating step by step what we fail to do, what we can do to qualify. And that is what the secretariat is doing “, said the undersecretary of Health Planning and Transparency, Tadeu Marino.

The infectologist Maria Cristina Willemann, responsible for the study, also participated in the presentation of the research, through videoconference. In her speech, she highlighted that the proposed challenges, to a greater or lesser degree, are the same as those in the rest of the country.

“This evolution, this walk, understanding the health system, understanding the information system and doing a better job, it was all over Brazil and the state of Espírito Santo did very well. When I point out that it is difficult to report mild cases, there is a difficulty in reporting mild cases all over the world, all over Brazil. And we have to work better and better for that “, he stressed.

With information from reporter Alex Pandini, from TV Vitória / Record TV

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