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27 factors that make you vulnerable to COVID-19

  • Cancer diagnosis: COVID-19 connection

    - Total cancer diagnosis: 1.6 million (0.5% of U.S. population)

    For the 0.5% of the United States population with cancer, two new studies showing that current and former cancer patients with COVID-19 are much more likely to die within a month than people without it is disheartening news. In one of the studies, half of 928 former and current cancer patients with COVID-19 were hospitalized and 13% died, which is much higher than rates reported among the general population.

  • Cancer diagnosis: Demographics

    States with the largest populations:

    #1. Maine: 0.6% of state population (24.6% above national average)

    #2. West Virginia: 0.6% (20.6% above national average)

    #3. Delaware: 0.6% (18.1% above national average)

    #4. Pennsylvania: 0.6% (17.5% above national average)

    #5. New Hampshire: 0.6% (16.7% above national average)

    In addition to cancer making COVID-19 more dangerous, quarantine measures and full hospitals have also delayed cancer treatment and screenings. In Maine, which has the highest rate of cancer in the United States, a retiree in Hampden had her cancer treatment put on hold as the virus broke out in her state, according to Bangor Daily News. 

  • HIV diagnosis: COVID-19 connection

    - Total HIV diagnosis: 1.0 million (0.3% of U.S. population)

    There is currently no definitive information on the impact of HIV status on COVID-19 risk. However, people who are immunocompromised are at greater risk for contracting COVID-19 and experiencing complications. HIV patients with a low CD4 cell count and those not on HIV treatment are at greatest risk.

  • HIV diagnosis: Demographics

    States with the largest populations:

    #1. District of Columbia: 2.4% of state population (673.7% above national average)

    #2. New York: 0.8% (145.2% above national average)

    #3. Maryland: 0.6% (106.7% above national average)

    #4. Florida: 0.6% (97.5% above national average)

    #5. Georgia: 0.6% (96.4% above national average)

    Some health experts fear that the COVID-19 lockdowns may actually increase new HIV cases. While it would seem that separating people should keep those cases down, a dearth of health resources has made it harder for some men to get tested, according to an epidemiologist at Emory University. In Washington D.C., which has the nation’s highest rate of HIV, the Whitman-Walker clinic had to stop its daily walk-in STD tests, which included HIV.

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