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Chittenden County ranked among the lowest in the country for chronic health conditions that raise susceptibility to COVID-19, according to a recent index.
The index, appearing in the New York Times and created by data mapping company PolicyMap, plots the risk of COVID-19 using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC data dates to 2017 and charts the prevalence of pre-existing health conditions among residents in each state.
Chittenden County ranked lowest alongside counties in Colorado and Montana, who shared a low prevalence of conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and lung and heart disease.
Nationally, a large section of the South and the Appalachia was found to be at highest risk, with acute prevalence of two or more pre-existing conditions among residents.
According to the CDC, people of all ages with “underlying medical conditions” are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Their definition includes people with moderate to severe asthma and people who are immunocompromised.
How many Vermonters affected by COVID-19 have other health conditions?
Roughly 60% of Vermonters with COVID-19 have a pre-existing condition, according to a health report from the Vermont Department of Health from May 11. The data came from the Health Department’s collection of patient information from 706 people who tested positive for the virus.
Among them, nearly a quarter of COVID-19 positive Vermonters were current or former smokers, whereas 14% had experienced a chronic lung disease such as asthma, and 13% were people with heart disease.
Vermonters with pre-existing health conditions and residents over the age of 65 have been advised by Gov. Phil Scott to stay home as much as possible.
Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.
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