UC San Diego Doctor Weighs In On Role Of Underlying Health Conditions In COVID-19 Deaths
The COVID-19 death toll in San Diego County is now over 200 people. Most of the fatalities involved patients with underlying health conditions. This has led some to question whether people who have chronic illnesses and succumb to COVID-19, should be counted as COVID-19 victims.
San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond has raised the issue in several recent media interviews.
“Only six were due purely and solely by COVID. What that tells us is that those with these underlying conditions need to have all these protections in place. We need to have all of them, but not everybody,” Desmond said in an interview with KUSI over the weekend.
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Dr. Francesca Torriani, the medical director of Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology at UC San Diego Health, joined Midday Edition on Monday. She said that individuals are counted as having died from COVID-19 if it contributed to their death.
She said the underlying conditions that make people more vulnerable to COVID-19 are common conditions, including hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.