Diabetes, hypertension as comorbidities increase COVID-19 fatality risk, here’s how

CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu reported a whopping 921 Covid deaths in the last ten days, accounting for 22 per cent of the total toll of 4,241. An analysis of the health bulletin reveals that as many as 848 among the 921 victims, which turn out to be 92 per cent, had comorbidities. Among the comorbid victims, 457 (54 per cent) had diabetes and 366 (43 per cent) had hypertension.

While the data indicates that those with diabetes are more at risk, the cause of death in most cases has been Covid pneumonia, viral pneumonia or viral pneumonitis – all of which refer to lung infection. “Diabetes and hypertension are metabolic syndromes which affect a person’s immunity to fight infections,’’ says Dr Anantha Subramanian, a pulmonologist at Kauvery Hospital.

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