Characteristics and clinical outcomes of adult patients hospitalized with Covid-19 - Georgia, March 2020

Jeremy A.W. Gold, Karen K. Wong, Christine M. Szablewski, Priti R. Patel, John Rossow, Juliana Da Silva, Pavithra Natarajan, Sapna Bamrah Morris, Robyn Neblett Fanfair, Jessica Rogers-Brown, Beau B. Bruce, Sean D. Browning, Alfonso C. Hernandez-Romieu, Nathan W. Furukawa, Mohleen Kang, Mary E. Evans, Nadine Oosmanally, Melissa Tobin-D'Angelo, Cherie Drenzek, David J. MurphyJulie Hollberg, James M. Blum, Robert Jansen, David W. Wright, William M. Sewell, Jack D. Owens, Benjamin Lefkove, Frank W. Brown, Deron C. Burton, Timothy M. Uyeki, Stephanie R. Bialek, Brendan R. Jackson

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Abstract

What is already known about this topic? Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe COVID-19. Non-Hispanic black patients are overrepresented among hospitalized U.S. COVID-19 patients. What is added by this report? In a cohort of 305 hospitalized adults with COVID-19 in Georgia (primarily metropolitan Atlanta), black patients were overrepresented, and their clinical outcomes were similar to those of nonblack patients. One in four hospitalized patients had no recognized risk factors for severe COVID-19. What are the implications for public health practice? Prevention activities should prioritize communities and racial groups most affected by severe COVID-19. Increased awareness of the risk for serious illness among all adults, regardless of underlying medical conditions or age, is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-550
Number of pages6
JournalMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Volume69
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - May 8 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health(social science)
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Health Information Management

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