What other health conditions were recorded among people who died due to COVID-19?
Among people who died due to COVID-19, those who also had dementia recorded on their death certificate had different patterns of health conditions recorded compared to those who did not have a record of dementia.
Figure 11 shows a selected number of health conditions that are common among people who die with dementia, as well as respiratory conditions, which COVID-19 may have caused or exacerbated. Note that respiratory conditions encompass acute conditions (like pneumonia and influenza) and chronic conditions (like asthma and emphysema).
During the first 10 months of 2020, people who died due to COVID-19 with dementia were:
- less likely than those without dementia to have had pre-existing respiratory conditions recorded on the death certificate
- less likely to have acute respiratory conditions recorded on the deaths certificate (including pneumonia), as a consequence of contracting COVID-19
- about as likely as those without dementia to have had pre-existing ischemic heart disease, diabetes, and cerebrovascular conditions recorded on the death certificate.