Risk factors for progression of COVID-19 (search done on 20 March 2020)

Added June 11, 2020

Citation: Zheng Z, Peng F, Xu B, et al. Risk factors of critical & mortal COVID-19 cases: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Journal of Infection 2020 [Epub ahead of print 23 April 2020]

What is this? Identifying risk factors for the progression of COVID-19 would provide useful information for policy makers and healthcare providers.

In this rapid review, the authors searched for quantitative research into risk factors for the progression of COVID-19 disease. They did not limit by language of publication and did their search on 20 March 2020. They identified 13 studies (3027 patients).

What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that risk factors for progression of COVID-19 were being male, older than 65, and smoking.

At the time of this review, the included studies showed that comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and existing respiratory disease negatively affected the prognosis of COVID-19 patients.

 

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