Clinical Outcomes in Young US Adults Hospitalized With COVID-19

Study found these young adults (YAs) age 18-34 years experienced substantial rates of adverse outcomes: 21% required ICU, 10% mechanical ventilation & 2.7% died. This in-hospital mortality rate is lower than for older adults with COVID-19, but ~double that of YAs with acute MI.

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The study also noted that morbid obesity, hypertension, and diabetes were common and associated with greater risks of adverse events.

An Editor’s note sums up the findings and suggests this study establishes that COVID-19 is a life-threatening disease in people of all ages and that social distancing, facial coverings, and other approaches to prevent transmission are as important in young adults as in older persons.


JAMA Internal Medicine

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