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Since July the Commission was created to analyze each of the deaths that have been registered related to the covid-19 virus.
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Published Friday, October 16, 2020

Hypertension, Diabetes and Heart
Disease as chronic illnesses in most
covid-19 deaths, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


According to the first results of the study made by the Covid-19 Mortality Commission, chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and heart illness cause more deaths of patients infected with covid-19, informed the Ministry of Health.

According to the ministry, since July the Commission was created to analyze each of the deaths that have been registered related to the covid-19 virus.

The Commission is made up of professionals from the Ministry of Health, Social Security, Judicial Investigation Organization and the National Institute of Statistics and Census. The specialist analyzes each case of a deceased patient, with the goal of obtaining statistical information and discovering if the person died by covid-19 or other causes that were complicated by the virus.

According to the results of a study of 212 deceased patients, 137 people suffered from hypertension, which is equivalent to 64% of the patients. In addition, 82 had diabetes mellitus, approximately 38% of the cases. And 75 of the deceased had some heart disease, which is approximately 35% of the total number of patients in the study.

Of the 212 deaths registered from March 6 to August 8, 139 were men and 73 women. The study also made it possible to identify that 186 patients died from covid-19, but 19 died for other medical problems while being infected with covid-19.

Of the deceased studied, 6 deaths are still being analyzed. However, there is a case of one patient who was infected with covid-19 when he died, but the cause of death has not yet been resolved, so it is classified as an indeterminate case.

On Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported the following updated statistics of the virus contagion in the country:

1,372 new covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 34,262 active cases.

15,554 foreign-born people have been infected with a total of 93,152 cases since March, approximately 16.6% of the total cases. Of these, authorities confirmed the death of 32 foreign-born patients.

• 536 patients are being treated in public hospitals, where 206 patients are in ICU’s in delicate health conditions (ages range from a 1-year-old to an 88-year-old). And 330 patients are in recovery rooms. The majority of the rest of the infected patients are quarantined in their homes.

• 57,731 coronavirus patients have fully recovered, which is a 62% recovery rate of the total cases since March.

• 162,135 people have been ruled out.

• 271,394 medical covid-19 tests have been made.

• 1,159 deaths of people infected with covid-19, approximately 1.2% death rate of the total cases since March. Of these 437 women and 722 men. The ages range from a 9-year-old to a 100-year-old person.

The authorities provided brief information about the case of two children who died on Thursday. Both children were infected with covid-19.

The first case was a nine-year-old boy, who lived in San José Province. The boy was admitted to the National Children's Hospital because of multiple illnesses that endangered his immune system. The authorities didn't provide additional information on this case.

The immune system is a host defense system comprising many biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease.

The second case is a 12-year-old boy who lived in Alajuela Province. In this case, the covid-19 virus was detected in a post-mortem analysis. The boy had died in his home where he was receiving medical attention for having diseases that endangered his immune system.

In both cases, authorities classify the cause of deaths from other diseases in addition to being infected with covid-19.

Readers can see the updated number of total patients in each district at the National Distance Education University on its
Covid-19 Map.

As of Thursday night, the pandemic has killed 1,097,228 patients worldwide, according to recent statistics reported by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

On Thursday, AM Costa Rica published a story about an increase in children hospitalized at the National Children's Hospital for complications related to covid-19. The article "Increase health complications in children infected with covid-19" can be reached at AM Costa Rica archive.

In the article, specialists provide the following recommendations to maintain optimal health prevention measures at home:

• Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol.

 • Avoid close contact with sick people. In particular, avoid people who cough, sneeze, or show other signs that they may be sick and contagious.

• Stay at home. But if you have to go out practice physical distancing at all times. This means that you and your child must stay at least 2 meters from other people when they are outside your home.

• Wear a fabric face mask in public places. When it is difficult to practice physical distancing, both you and your child should wear masks that cover the nose and mouth This goes for all children over the age of 2.

• Avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth. Encourage your child to follow your example and avoid touching their face.

• Even indoors, cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough. Practice covering your mouths when sneezing or coughing to prevent the spread of germs.

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