Age and severe outcomes of COVID-19 (search done on 15 May 2020)

Added May 14, 2021

Citation: Starke KR, Petereit-Haack G, Schubert M, et al. The age-related risk of severe outcomes due to COVID-19 Infection: a rapid review, meta-analysis, and meta-regression. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17(16):5974.DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17165974

What is this? Age has been reported to be a risk factor for severe outcomes for COVID-19 patients.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for studies investigating the relationship between age and severe outcomes for COVID-19 patients. They did not restrict their searches by date or language of publication and did the search on 15 May 2020. They included 12 retrospective cohort studies (all from China), on disease severity (4 studies), mortality (7) and admission to ICU (1).

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed a weak influence of age on COVID-19 disease severity following adjustment for age-dependent risk factors.

 

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