CDC Reports COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates Similar/Slightly Higher To Recent Flu Seasons For Adults, Lower For Children


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced via their COVID View Report that the weekly “hospitalization rates for adults are similar or higher than those seen at comparable points during recent flu seasons, while those for children are much lower.”

The report also stated that “the percentage of specimens testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 -the virus that causes COVID_19 – continue to decline.” “Mortality attributed to COVID-19 also decreased.”

The CDC noted that outpatient and emergency department visits were also down and are “now below baseline nationally for the third week” in all 10 surveillance regions. The CDC cautioned that it was “difficult” to conclude if other factors might have accounted for the decline in reported outpatient and ER visits.

The CDC also said that mortality decreased for the third week, dropping from 17.8% during week 18 to 12.8% during week 19. CDC notes their analysis is based on death certificate data and additional reports might affect those final numbers. The CDC is using a mortality rate for based on “PIC” reported deaths – those attributed to pneumonia, influenza or COVID-19.

The highest “COVID-19 related” cumulative hospitalization rates continue to be seen in people 65 years of age and older. Children between the ages of zero to seventeen had hospitalization rates “much lower than influenza hospitalization rates at comparable time points.”

The report states that COVID-19 associated hospitalization rates for those over 65 years of age are “within ranges of influenza hospitalization rates observed at comparable time points during recent influenza seasons.”

Interestingly, the CDC report also says that the hospitalization rates for VOID_19 in adults (18 -64 years) are already higher than hospitalization rates for influenza at comparable time points during the past 5 influenza seasons. Why the adult group and the senior group are not compared against the same time span of influenza seasons is not explained. The adult group was reported to have higher rates when compared to influenza data for the last 5 influenza seasons. The 65 and above group was reported tone within range of recent influenza seasons.