(LOS ANGELES) – As the pandemic continues to hit the United States, along with more than 220,000 deaths and 8 million contagions, the good news is that recent research found the COVID-19 death rate plummets in all age groups, especially among hospitalizations.

By studying thousands of hospitalized patients who were exposed to COVID-19 from March to August, the result showed the mortality rate decreased from 25.6% to 7.6%, Leora Horwitz, the health expert from New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and author of one of the studies, told NPR.

NPR reported the reason may be complicated because the COVID-19 has changed its target patients from seniors into much younger groups. Horwitz said these younger patients with fewer underlying health problems are less likely to be as frail as those who were hospitalized back in March when the pandemic was spread in the early stage. 

The earlier version of the study analyzed the death rate trend among 4,689 hospitalizations. The outcome demonstrated that the mortality rate dropped in all groups, with a combination reason of “increasing clinical experience, decreasing hospital volume, growing use of new pharmacologic treatment, non-pharmacologic treatment, earlier intervention, community awareness, and lower viral load exposure from increasing mask-wearing and social distancing.” 

But even 7.6% is still a higher rate in comparison to other diseases, NPR reports.

The COVID-19 death rate is “still higher than many infectious diseases, including the flu…It still has the potential to be very harmful in terms of long-term consequences for many people,” Horwitz told NPR. 

As the cooler weather rolls in and the American people have been suffering from restrictions for months, the United States is experiencing rising COVID-19 cases again in many states, including Kansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, etc., according to the New York Times

“The majority of states are on the rise,” Dr. Tom Inglesby, a health expert from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the New York Times, “It is a really dangerous time.”

In order to contain the spread over the whole country, it seems only improving the clinical treatment would not take full control of the pandemic. Horwitz mentioned to NPR that social distancing and wearing masks will be the vital elements helping to lower the death rates. 

However, it’s unclear how many of those cases are asymptomatic versus hospitalized patients. 
According to the estimation analysis conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the death toll could reach nearly 390,000 by Feb. 1, 2021.

Written ByGrace Sui

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