These 4 Conditions Send Many COVID-19 Patients to the Hospital, Researchers Say

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The pace at which COVID-19 spreads across American has slowed. Confirmed cases in the United States have reached 28,904,197 to date, about 25% of the world total — but cases per day have dropped to about 2,000, about half what they were seven weeks ago.

Likewise, while coronavirus deaths in America account for about 20% of the global global total, numbering 519,014 to date, they’re rising at about half the pace they did two months ago.

One strong ray of hope is that hospitalizations across the country have dropped below 50,000 a day for the first time in four months. The news is no reason for people to drop their guard, however, particularly if they have one of four pre-existing conditions that scientists believe pose the greatest risk. That’s true even if they live in one of the states that have done the best job rolling out vaccines.