Covid-19’s brutal waves were propelled by India’s chronic disease burden

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According to studies, high levels of chronic disease in India, such as diabetes and hypertension, contributed to the deadly coronavirus waves that swept the country during the epidemic.
Even though 63 per cent of those tested were asymptomatic, patients from the southern district of Madurai had a higher risk of dying than those from China, Europe, South Korea, and the United States, according to one of the few large-scale studies of Covid-19 in the world’s second-most populous nation.
According to the analysis published in The Lancet, chronic health issues in the population may have been impacted.
India has been dealing with a growing non-communicable illness epidemic for years as its middle class grows and adopts a more sedentary and wealthy lifestyle. As a result, they are more vulnerable to diabetes and heart disease, which account for about two-thirds of all fatalities in the country.
These pre-existing disorders may have allowed the coronavirus to do more damage, increasing cases and deaths and potentially fueling India’s healthcare system’s near-collapse.
According to the researchers, the fatality rate among Covid-19 patients with at least one previous health issue was 5.7 per cent, compared to 0.7 per cent among those who were otherwise healthy.
According to a recent national survey, two-thirds of Indians over six have been exposed to the coronavirus.

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