coronavirus, COVID-19,

Italy has been one of the worst affected regions from the coronavirus, with more than 4,000 deaths and a 150% leap in the death toll.

However, a new study shows that the vast majority of those who died had underlying symptoms. 

Researchers examined medical records of about 18% of the country’s coronavirus fatalities by the country’s national health authority and revealed that just three COVID-19 victims, or 0.8% of the total, had no previous health conditions.

Almost half of the victims suffered from at least three prior illnesses and about a fourth had either one or two previous conditions.

More than 75% had high blood pressure, about 35% had diabetes and a third suffered from heart disease.

Moreover, the research showed that the average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5. As of March 17th, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. The number of course, will have increased since then and is likely to continue to do so as more reports flood in. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.

According to the GIMBE Foundation, about 100,000 Italians have contracted the virus. That would bring back the country’s death rate closer to the global average of about 2%.

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