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More older adults are in the hospital with COVID across U.S., insurer says

By Nicholas Gerbis
Published: Thursday, September 7, 2023 - 2:29pm

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Over the past several weeks, health insurance giant Humana has reported an uptick in older adults being hospitalized for COVID-19.

Humana mainly covers people ages 65 and older, who rank among the populations susceptible to the virus’s most serious effects.

COVID cases have been growing globally.

The U.S. has seen a growth in people admitted for COVID of almost 16% over the past week, with medium to high hospitalizations in scattered counties in central, southern and eastern states and across Florida.

Hospitalization numbers have remained low in Arizona: COVID-like and influenza-like illnesses accounted for only 1-2% of admissions since mid-May, with a spike in mid-August to 2.4%.

Experts recommend people blunt the impact of emerging subvariants by keeping current on COVID boosters.

Map of hospital admissions from COVID
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