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Coronavirus has been 12 times more deadly for people with underlying conditions, CDC says

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People with chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes were hospitalized six times more often than otherwise healthy individuals infected with the coronavirus during the first four months of the pandemic, and they died 12 times more often, according to a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The data are consistent with earlier reports showing the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on people with underlying medical conditions. The report also highlighted the disease’s stark disparities between whites and minority groups.

More than 114,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the United States, and nearly 2.1 million cases have been reported.

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