MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.
— Five people with “mystery” medical conditions have died in the past week after suffering “mysterious” illnesses that occurred before they were treated at hospitals, according to coronavirus news website Medscape.com.
The cases were all patients who had recently been hospitalized or treated at a hospital, but who died in a week before their care was completed, the website reported.
The patients were in their late 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
All had been hospitalized, but died within two weeks of each other.
“It’s a very rare situation where someone dies of the virus, and it could be that they died of a virus-related illness,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Medscape in a phone interview.
The deaths occurred in a wide range of age groups, including babies, teenagers, and young adults.
“It really is a mystery,” Dr., Dr. Richard Blum, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of Johns Hopkins’s Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, told the website.
The latest case, which has not been publicly reported, occurred at the University of California, San Francisco, in early May, and all five patients were admitted to the hospital within a few days of each others death, Frieden said.
The deaths occurred within days of one another, but the exact cause of death has not yet been determined.
The other five deaths occurred between May 21 and July 2.
All of the patients were aged between 39 and 65, with an average age of 47.
The four other patients were found in the same building.
The fourth patient, who died of pneumonia, was a patient who had been discharged from the hospital earlier that day, and the fifth, who had pneumonia, had been in the hospital longer than the others, Friedan said.
Dr. Blum said he had no information about the deaths.
The new cases are the most recent deaths reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since the agency began tracking deaths and deaths reported in July.
The agency has previously said that the number of reported deaths is on track to be higher than the number that it actually has because more patients have died than died.
The agency also has warned that the virus is spreading in new ways and that the death toll is likely to rise.
Dr Frieden did not specify how the new cases might have affected the CDC’s progress on monitoring the virus.
But he said that, based on the new data, the agency is “not quite sure” how many people have died and how many are still in the United States.
He said the number is likely “trivial” because the vast majority of people who have died are not hospitalized or seen by a doctor.
A new report released by the CDC last week suggested that, in fact, many of the cases could have been caused by the same virus that killed the patients in the last case, Dr. Blammer said.
In the new report, the CDC said that it has “found no evidence that coronaviruses are responsible” for the five new cases.
Frieden said the new deaths may not necessarily indicate a worsening of the spread of the disease, since a lot of the deaths could be attributed to “other factors.”
“But that’s the thing that makes this so difficult, is we have no idea what else is causing these other deaths,” Frieden told Medscape.
Some states have stepped up efforts to contain the spread and to help families recover from the virus in the wake of the five deaths.
The governors of Washington and Maryland are both pushing for the Centers of Disease Control to make sure all coronaviral cases are reported to state coronavirespondents and to require hospitals to keep records of the number and date of patients who have been hospitalized.
States are also trying to develop better ways to identify the people who are sick, such as how they are diagnosed, and how to track their movements.