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Older age has consistently been associated with higher mortality in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).1,2 Unfortunately, as shown by Cunningham et al3 in this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, COVID-19 does not spare young people. Using a national all-payer hospital database, the investigators identified 3222 nonpregnant adults aged 18 to 34 years who were admitted to US hospitals for COVID-19. Morbidity was substantial: 21% required intensive care, and 2.7% died. Mortality was higher among those who had obesity, hypertension, and male sex, as has been noted in general adult populations.
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Published Online: September 9, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.5415
Corresponding Author: Mitchell Katz, MD, NYC Health and Hospitals, 125 Worth St, Room 514, New York, NY 10013 (email@example.com).
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
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