In other words, people with healthy lifestyle have succumbed to the virus. A review of the state’s mortality data for the past week shows that 50 Covid-19 positive persons without any comorbidities have died in Bengaluru and other districts every day.
On Thursday, Karnataka reported 270 Covid deaths. Of these, 92 persons had not reported any comorbidities when they turned up for testing. And 38 of them were below 50 years.
Many overconfident about fitness, says doc
Some of them, whose condition deteriorated and died within hours, were as young as 25-30 years.
Data trackers said an analysis of deaths reported between April 21 and 27 shows that 30% did not have any comorbidities.
“Such deaths are reported from districts such as Ballari and the actual number of people (without comorbidities) who are dying everyday could be much more as the official data is distorted or delayed.”
Why are people without underlying conditions succumbing to the virus attack? There is no definite answer. The government said the virus constantly mutates and it is not sure how aggressive the new variants are; public-health experts pointed to multiple factors.
Dr Giridhara R Babu, epidemiologist and member of Covid technical advisory committee, said: “There is a high burden of undiagnosed illness in the country, especially in the younger population. We had conducted a study earlier among IT professionals in Bengaluru and found many had high blood pressure and hypertension, which they were not aware of. This apart, more people succumb to Covid if their immune response is not high or if their tolerance to the virus is low.”
Those without comorbidities tend to throw caution to the wind by not following Covid protocols.
“The symptoms, too, have changed,” warned virologist Dr V Ravi, emphasising that people should seek medical advice without losing time.
Apart from fever, cough and body ache, the new symptoms include stomachache, fatigue and loose motion.
Technical advisory committee chairperson Dr MK Sudarshan said youngsters are more affected this time as they are casual about Covid-preventive behaviour.
“They are overconfident about their fitness and ignore alarming signs of deterioration. The disease, per se, is not known to be serious among the younger population, who are healthy. Multiple delays, including systemic and personal, in seeking treatment is affecting them,” said Dr Sudarshan.
Some doctors suspect ‘happy hypoxia’ — where a person has extremely low levels of oxygen but shows no signs of difficulty in breathing in initial stages — for the fatal turn.
There are concerns that young patients could develop thrombosis or clots in blood vessels when they suffer from severe Covid disease, said DrwebviCN Manjunath, director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research.
“Age is not giving any immunity to youngsters. They must be as careful as elderly adults are,” the doctor added.
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