The number of working-age people entering U.S. hospitals with COVID-19 increased dramatically between the last full week of November and the last full week of December.
U.S. hospitals recorded 26,591 admissions of people aged 18 to 59 with COVID-19 in the week ending December 26, up 54% from the total for the week ending November 28, according to a comparison of the last community pandemic monitoring report of the White House’s COVID-19 Data Strategy and Execution Working Group with the report released a month earlier.
Hospitalization rates for people aged 18 to 29 have increased particularly rapidly. The latest report shows that the absolute number of admissions in this age group has increased by more than 100% over the past week in nine states and the District of Columbia.
It’s possible that the week-to-week comparisons have been disrupted by factors such as the Christmas holidays and a tendency to let data reporting tasks pile up throughout the month.
But month-to-month comparisons show that, for the 18-59 age group, in the typical condition, the number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations per 100,000 people has dropped from 5 , 5 to 7.5.
The government community profile reports do not indicate what percentage of hospitalizations is linked to the omicron COVID-19 variant and what percentage is caused by other variants. A government variant tracking report shows that about 58% of all new COVID-19 cases in the United States are caused by the omicron variant, up from none in November.
What do the numbers mean
If COVID-19-related hospitalizations were kept at the same rate for the general population for an entire year, that would mean that about 1 in 300 people would spend some time being hospitalized for the disease at some point in the year. year.
Figures of the impact of COVID-19 for people aged 18 to 59 are of great interest to life insurers, as people in this age group are more likely than people in other age groups to have individual life insurance, employer sponsored group life insurance, and group individual life and disability insurance.
At this point, the United States has more than one death of a working-age U.S. resident with COVID-19 for every hospital admission of a patient with COVID-19 in this age group . This implies that the United States could record around 1,000 deaths of a working-age person with the disease per week for at least the next few weeks.
About half of American adults have life insurance, according to LIMRA. Life insurers have talked about paying, on average, about $ 50,000 in claims per claim in the event of a pandemic-related death. Those numbers, combined with government hospitalization data for working-age patients, could translate into pandemic-related mortality losses for working-age people of around $ 25 million per week.
State-level working-age hospitalization rates range from just 2.6 hospitalizations for COVID-19 per 100,000 population in Alaska to more than 13 in two Great Lakes states.
For the five states with the highest working-age hospitalization rates as of Dec. 26, see the gallery above.
Changes in the number of working-age COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 lives range from a decrease of 5.2 to 5.1 hospitalizations in Montana to an increase of 8.2 to 12, 1 hospitalizations in New Jersey.
We have included Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia in the state chart, but left them outside the gallery, as they differ from states in many ways. If the District of Columbia were included in the gallery, it would rank first, both in terms of the working-age hospitalization rate and the change in the hospitalization rate between November 28 and December 26.
The District of Columbia saw its hospitalization rate soar to 19.1 working-age hospitalizations per 100,000 population in the latest figures, from 3.4 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents a month earlier.
Hospitalizations of U.S. residents aged 18 to 59, per 100,000 residents
|X||December 26||28 november||Change|
|District of Colombia||19.1||3.4||15.7|
|Caroline from the south||5.3||2.4||2.8|
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