Hypertension and Diabetes seem to be the top comorbidities that are contributing to deaths from COVID-19 here in T&T.
That’s according to Dr. Anthony Parkinson, Technical Advisor of Hospital Services, who gave an update at Saturday’s Health Briefing.
He says these are followed closely by chronic kidney disease, including those who are on dialysis.
Dr. Parkinson adds that even persons with borderline kidney issues seem to be affected greatly and have a high risk of death when contracting COVID-19.
Among the other top diseases that present a higher risk of death for COVID-19 patients locally are Cardiac Disease and Cancer.
Dr. Parkinson says Obseity is also a factor seen worldwide but has not been a great factor in local COVID fatalities.
He also mentioned that persons who have been consuming alcohol and smoking for a long period have also been hospitalized in the ICU when contracting COVID-19.
Regarding age, persons aged 60 years and over have been the most susceptible to dying from COVID-19, with 70 per cent of the deaths recorded up to September 18th.
With respect to gender, Technical Director of the Epidemiological Unit Dr. Avery Hinds showed a graph which indicated that more men in T&T have died of COVID-19 than women.
83.3 percent of the 60 deaths recorded so far were males, and 16.7 per cent were females.
Dr. Parkinson says they are still trying to figure out the reason for this gender disparity.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hinds showed a graph of daily COVID-19 cases locally since mid-July to September 18th, which showed that the trend of new infections seem to be diminishing in the month of September, as opposed to the increase seen in August.
He spoke about the trend regarding geographical location of infections, stating that the distribution of cases in places where there were no large numbers, are increasing such as in East Trinidad.