Background: The coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic has spread rapidly around the globe with considerable morbidity and mortality. Coexistence of comorbidities with COVID-19 had consistently been reported as risk factors for unfavorable outcome. We aimed to evaluate the impact of comorbidities in COVID-19 patients on the outcome and determine predictors of prolonged hospital stay, requisite for intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Four hundred and thirty-nine adult patients who are admitted through (June and July 2020) in our University Hospitals were included in the study. All participants were diagnosed with COVID-19 according to Egyptian Ministry of Health guidance as definite case or probable case.
Results: Patients with comorbidities represented 61.7% of all cases. Constitutional symptoms especially myalgia and lower respiratory tract (LRT) symptoms such as dyspnea were significantly higher in patients with comorbidities (P < 0.05). Patients with comorbidities had significantly worse laboratory parameters. ICU admission was higher in patients with comorbidities (35.8%). Among different comorbidities 45.4% of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) cases were admitted in ICU followed by diabetes mellitus (DM) cases (40.8%). Also, patients with comorbidities needed invasive mechanical ventilation more than those without comorbidity (31 versus 10.7%, P < 0.001). Significant lower frequency of recovery was found in COVID-19 patients with comorbidities (59% versus 81%, P < 0.001) and death rate was significantly higher in cases with comorbidities (P < 0.001) . The survival rates in cases with pre-existing CVD and neurological diseases were lower than those without disease (P < 0.002 and 0.001, respectively).
Conclusions: Association of cardiovascular comorbid conditions including hypertension or neurological diseases including old cerebrovascular strokes together with COVID-19 infections carries higher risks of mortality. However, other comorbidities such as diabetes mellitus, chronic pulmonary or kidney diseases may also contribute to increased COVID-19 severity.
Keywords: COVID-19; Cardiovascular diseases; Chronic pulmonary diseases; Comorbidities; Neurological diseases; Upper Egypt.
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