Italy Releases Patient Statistics for COVID-19 Deaths – Average Age 79

L’Istituto Superiore di Sanità – Italy’s superior health institute – has released information on the characteristics of

Based on the information available as of 29 April 2020, patients who have died due to complications from the novel coronavirus had the following characteristics:

Average age

  • 79 years old

Median Age

  • 81 years old (15 years older than the median age for those who contracted COVID-19 in Italy, who average 62 years old)

Sex

  • men 62%
  • women 38%

Number of pre-existing conditions

  • Patients with 0 pre-existing conditions: 3.8%
  • Patients with 1 pre-existing conditions: 14.5%
  • Patients with 2 pre-existing conditions: 21.4%
  • Patients with 0 pre-existing conditions: 60.3%

Geographic areas with the largest share of deaths

  • Lombardia with 53.8%
  • Emilia Romagna with 13.6%
  • Piemonte with 8.2%.
  • Veneto with 5.7%

Most common symptoms

  • fever 76%
  • dyspnea 73%
  • cough 39%
  • diarrhea 6%
  • Hemoptysis (coughing up blood) 1%
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