The data were analyzed at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the team’s findings were published on Wednesday at Jama Internal Medicine.
Approximately 781,000 coronavirus patients were discharged between April 1 and June 30, with 5 percent being young adults between the ages of 18 and 34.
More than half of these patients were male and 57 percent were black or Hispanic, which the study authors noted was “consistent with prior findings of disproportionate disease severity in these demographic groups.”
Researchers listed some common comradities; Nearly one in four patients were morbidly obese, 16 percent had high blood pressure and 18 percent were suffering from diabetes. These health conditions were associated with worse outcomes.
In addition, young adults with multiple comorbidities face risks at par with those seen among middle-aged adults without underlying health conditions, the study authors wrote.
Younger, hospitalized adults experienced “substantial rates of adverse outcomes,” according to the study, with 21 percent requiring intensive care, 10 percent mechanical ventilation, and about 3 percent dying.
While this hospitalized mortality was lower than the data reported for older coronovirus patients, it doubled the mortality rate of young adults with acute myocardial infarction or heart attack.
The authors of the study stated, “Given the rapidly increasing rate of COVID-19 infection in young adults, these findings underscore the importance of infection prevention measures in this age group.”