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Older Americans' Greater Health Problems May Make Them More Vulnerable to COVID-19's Effects

3/26/2020 feature story

The United States doesn't have the world's oldest population, but relatively high levels of age-related disease could affect the proportion of Americans who become critically ill because of COVID-19. Older Americans on average have a higher level of age-related health problems than their counterparts in Europe and many other countries (see table). That's according to a recent Lancet study that shows the United States ranked 53rd out of 195 countries when it comes to how burdened its people are by old age-related disease and disability. Read more in this Population Reference Bureau feature article based on research by Angela Y. Chang, a former postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington and colleagues.

"Older Americans' Greater Health Problems May Make Them More Vulnerable to COVID-19's Effects." Population Reference Bureau, March 2020..

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