RIGA - As many as 116,000 people in Latvia have chronic respiratory diseases, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) informed LETA, citing preliminary results of a 2019 survey on European citizens' health.
Of the 60,000 people polled in the European-wide survey, 3.8 percent of respondents aged over 15 said that they were chronic asthma sufferers (including allergic asthma), and 56,000, or 3.5 percent, said they had chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema.
Older respondents were more likely to complain about the aforementioned respiratory illnesses than younger respondents. Among respondents aged 65 and older, 5.2 percent said they had suffered from asthma in the past 12 months, and 4.4 percent had suffered from chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema.
In the survey, 63 percent of Latvians, aged over 15 (66 percent of women and 59 percent of men) said they had at least one chronic disease or health condition.
Elderly respondents, aged 65 and older, were more likely to report chronic health issues, with 87 percent of respondents in this age group, or 338,000 people admitting some chronic conditions. However, a third of respondents in the age group from 15 to 24 also reported chronic health issues.
The survey in Latvia covered 6,000 respondents aged 15 and older. The respondents were asked to assess their own health.
As reported, a state of emergency has been declared in Latvia until April 14 over the spreading of the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19 disease.