Who Does the Coronavirus Attack and Kill in Alabama?

Alabama Department of Public Health

Individuals from 25 to 49 years old make up the biggest percentage of Alabamians who have contracted COVID-19, but adults who are 50 and older account for almost 95% of the deaths from the disease, the Alabama Department of Public Health reported Thursday.

While people age 65 and up made up 16.8% of those who have contracted the coronavirus, they accounted for more than three of every four deaths. People aged 50 to 64 accounted for about 18% of the deaths.

The report said that, among those who contracted COVID-19:

  • 38.1% were from 25 to 49 years old;
  • 20.5% were 50 to 64;
  • 16.8% were 65 and up;
  • 14.5% were 18 to 24;
  • 8.2% were 5 to 17;
  • 2% were 4 years or younger.

Among those who died from the disease:

  • 77.1% were 65 or older;
  • 17.8% were 50 to 64 years old;
  • 4.7% were 25 to 49;
  • 0.2% were 18 to 24;
  • 0.2% were 4 years or younger;
  • None were in the 5 to 17 age group.

The breakdown of cases by race was unclear, with the race of 31% of the individuals who had the virus listed as unknown. Whites make up 69% of Alabama’s estimated population of 4.9 million, and they comprised 35.6% and blacks 23.6% of those whose race was identified. Almost 10 percent were listed as Asian or “other.”

By race, 55.8% of the people who died were white, 38.2% were Black and the rest were of unknown or other background.

Females made up 55.1% of the cases, to 43.7% males. But 52% of those who died were males, to 48% females.

The report listed cardiovascular disease and diabetes as the most prevalent underlying conditions among individuals who have died of the virus. It said 63.5% of those who died had cardiovascular disease, 40.7% had diabetes, 24.3% had chronic lung disease, 23.7% had chronic renal disease and 16.3% suffered from immunocompromised conditions. More than half the fatalities had more than one of those or other conditions.

Only 122 of the 2,843 deaths involved patients who had no underlying health conditions. Among those, 73% were 65 or older and 21.1% were 50 to 64 years old. Those in the 25-49 age group accounted for 5.7%.

See the report, presented in graphics, here.