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Originally Published by Infection Control Today

It’s no longer just a matter of case counts and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, but it’s what we’re seeing in terms of the demographic groups being affected and associative complications.

It’s a hard thing to deny and a difficult pill to swallow—we’re in a third wave. Over ten months since the U.S. began to have cases of Coronavirus’ disease 2019 (COVID-19), and we’re still learning more about this pandemic and the transmission dynamics. Perhaps what is most daunting though, is not just the growing case counts and hospitalizations, but what we’re seeing in terms of demographics and data on complications.

Two new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) shed light on some concerning trends we’re seeing with COVID-19. First, a research team analyzed over 9,000 hospitalized patients through the national Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Ultimately, they assess in-hospital complication risks for those with COVID-19 and influenza and found that those with COVID-19 had a higher risk for not only 17 complications, but also a five-times higher risk of dying in the hospital.

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