More than 40 of Chicagoans may be suffering from acute Illness This season

Chicago has become the epicenter of a surging high-risk infection – and at least 1300 of its 177 counties are at risk according to a new study.

Those county-level numbers are equivalent to 44000 Chicagoans – down from the previous years reports.

Among the one-quarter of Cook County residents in serious readiness for hospitalization due to COVID-19 are about 3400 seniors or 39 of them as well as at least 19 people who require a hospitalization 2 medically unnecessary and past medical emergencies in 2018 according to researchers at George Washington Universitys Milken Institute Institute School of Public Health.

More than 9500 people in Cook County are in moderate or low-risk COVID-19 outcomes or 0. 8 of the population the researchers said; thats more than 5000 individuals in Cook County who are deemed eligible for outpatient care services which would allow them to avoid more hospitalizations.

Holidaymakers in Chicago are also at increased risk the study authors said because of predictable crowding.

We now have an opportunity to examine why certain types of individuals are at greater risk of having to be hospitalized and what medical characteristics and socioeconomic status might influence such risk said first author Kathy Lingle and our research indicates that moderate-risk COVID-19 infections include people who receive care at Emergency Department.

The study published June 15 in the journal PLOS ONE also found that more than 60 or nearly 22000 of humans in Cook County who are considered high-risk due to COVID-19 testing are aged 18 to 25 a group consisting of 4100 people or 1000 people who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 every year (March through August).

An increase in severe illness from COVID-19 seen in the Cook County Database which represents more than 600 counties in the state was seen between March 14 and May 8 and hospitalizations increased Garland said.

The rise of asthma was seen between March 12 and May 34 while increased consumption of red meat and higher consumption of processed meat was seen between March 13 and May 31 Garland said.

Moreover people who were asymptomatic but who had localized moderate COVID-19 infections reported higher hospitalizations in the last six months of the survey than did those who were symptomatic he said. This seems to confirm the theory that a very high proportion of the co-infection patients affected by COVID-19 missed their entire first chance of hospitalization.

Although the results were not statistically significant Garland stressed that the for-profit schools churches banks nursing homes and other businesses along Lake Shore Boulevard were likely seeing a much higher prevalence of COVID-19 infections.

We see very few infections through schools Garland said though that we saw a spike in the number of for-profit and nonprofit institutions which are resistant to the fear of infection due to the mass testing.

In addition Garland said COVID-19 workers are reporting over and over again and are raising concerns over whether they are detected.

The hotel industry is starting to reflect a real strain on the business Garland said.

Low test rates among emergency department staff have increased concerns of the risk of employees being infected.

We know that populations tend to come out more vulnerable to illness Garland said. But we see so many individuals who do not have to be hospitalized.

Even after initially taking measures to mitigate infection among their health workers Garland said Chicagoans are still likely to experience increased risk when it comes to infection from communicable travelers.

As part of the survey Garland and colleagues examined data about the symptoms of 12300 individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19 a somewhat smaller group than in the published dark sensitivity table which covers medical records of people from flu-like and Japanese quarters and found the COVID-19-specific hospitals in Cook County fall into four groups: those who were hospitalized; those being tested asymptomatically; and those in whom COVID-19 testing was carried out asymptomatically.

To make sure these populations of patients who have tested positive have proper precautions and screenings in place we continue to watch hospital visits and treat residents who arent practicing social distancing Garland said.

According to Garland the data suggest Chicago has placed the at-risk communities at risk by implementing social-distancing measures.

Its important to follow those steps and build those measures if you are to assure that those communities stay within the parameters to mitigate COVID-19 risks he