You know how many studies have been published analyzing the conditions that are associated with worse outcomes for COVID-19?
Hundreds, if not thousands, is the answer.
So you might at first think that yet another such study can’t possibly add anything to what is already known.
But if you thought that, you would be wrong, because according to a new study which has just been published in The Lancet Regional Health – Europe that looked in depth at almost 20,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 that were both community-based and hospital-based, the list of conditions that carried the most risk for death from COVID-19 in Ireland were chronic heart disease, a chronic neurological condition, chronic kidney disease, cancer and morbid obesity, (defined as a Body Mass Index equal to or greater than 40).
Not severe asthma, not high blood pressure, not diabetes, not simple obesity. all of which are near the top of most previously-published lists of conditions that worsen COVID-19 outcomes.
So either Irish patients are unique (well, they are Irish so of course they are unique but not in the way that should matter in a study like this).
Or we don’t know nearly as much as we think we know about the risks for severe COVID-19 resulting in death.
I vote for the latter.