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Diabetes, hypertension most common comorbidities in Western Cape among Covid-19 deaths

The majority of Covid-19-positive people that have died within the Western Cape have had one or more comorbidities, the provincial Department of Health said on Tuesday.

This was consistent with data reviewed on May 26 (403 deaths at the time) – the price has since risen to 521. The Western Cape has far and away the very best number of deaths and coronavirus cases within the country.

Comorbidity is that the presence of 1 or more additional diseases or conditions occurring with a primary medical condition. the foremost prevalent comorbidities in deaths thanks to Covid-19 across all age groups were diabetes and hypertension.

With the country having eased to lockdown level 3 in the week , the department has urged all residents to still do their part in protecting the vulnerable members of society from becoming infected with the coronavirus.

People with existing comorbidities are more in danger of being severely ill if they contract Covid-19, the department said. Those most in danger include individuals with comorbidities at any age and people who are 55 years and older, with or without co-morbidities.
“The successful management of comorbidities depends on the sort of condition the person has. it’s therefore imperative that vulnerable residents take extra precautions,” the department said.

“Staying home is the simplest thanks to reduce the danger of infection, strictly abide by the golden, including frequent hand-washing and other hygiene measures and keeping a distance of a minimum of 1.5 metres from the other person.

“We also call upon the broader society to help in protecting these vulnerable groups by keeping their distance and offering to try to to tasks for them that need them to travel into public.”

The department offered tips to manage comorbidities to scale back the danger of Covid-19 infection:

• Avoid gatherings (crowded places) by staying reception

• Continue together with your treatment

• Maintain a healthy lifestyle and eating habits, exercise regularly

• Reduce personal exposure to tobacco smoke

• Control your vital sign

• Wear a cloth mask and always follow the golden rules of excellent hygiene (a mask alone isn’t enough).

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