Chennai: A new study comparing the incidence of sudden deaths occurring outside the hospital across New York City’s highly diverse neighbourhoods with the percentage of positive SARS-CoV-19 tests found that increased sudden deaths during the pandemic correlate to the extent of virus infection in a neighbourhood.
The analysis appeared in ‘Heart Rhythm’, the official journal of the Heart Rhythm Society, the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, and the Pediatric and Congenital Electrophysiology Society, published by Elsevier.
“Our research shows the highly diverse regional distribution of out-of-hospital sudden death during the Covid-19 pandemic surge and follows the geographic distribution of seroconversion to SARS-CoV-2 in New York City,” explained lead investigator Stavros E. Mountantonakis.
“This finding adds to the previously reported association between out-of-hospital sudden death and Covid-19 presumed deaths and further supports an association between out-of-hospital sudden death and SARS-COV-2 epidemiologic burden,” added Mountantonakis.
The investigators collected results of all antibody tests reported to the New York City Department of Health between 3 March 3 and 20 August, 2020, for all New York City zip codes, excluding eight commercial districts. New York City requires mandatory reporting of all tests.
Data from 20 March to 22 April, 2020, during the height of the pandemic, were obtained from the Fire Department of New York City on the number of patients pronounced dead at the scene from sudden cardiac arrest, the classification the Department uses for out-of-hospital sudden death.
For comparison, they collected data for the same period in 2019. Census data were used to examine the possible influence of factors including age, race, access to medical insurance, education, and immigration status.