CDC Confirms Coronavirus LIFE-THREATENING To Millennials — 38% Hospitalized Between 20 And 54
If you think old people are the only ones who have to worry about the coronavirus pandemic, think again. According to a new report, younger adults make up a large portion of those in the United States who have been hospitalized with the virus.
The New York Times reports that Americans of all ages are getting sick, based on almost 2,500 of the first cases in the country.
Coronavirus Affects Young People Too
A new report from the CDC, released Wednesday, shows that the risk of dying and being hospitalized with the illness was greatest among the oldest patients. However, 38 percent of the 508 patients reported as hospitalized were between 20 and 54 years old.
Not only that but of the 121 patients admitted to intensive care units, half were under the age of 65. “It’s not just going to be the elderly,” epidemiologist Stephen S. Morse told the Times. “There will be people age 20 and up. They do have to be careful, even if they think that they’re young and healthy.”
Dr. Christopher Carlsten added that the number of younger people being hospitalized suggests there are many others who are infected. The report didn’t specify if the younger people admitted had existing risk factors.
Younger People Could Be Coronavirus Carriers
This news comes as many college-age people are taking spring break trips and ignoring social distancing advice from health officials. A recent video from Miami showed young people underplaying the seriousness of the pandemic. “If I get corona, I get corona,” one young man said.
Not only has it been shown that younger people can get sick enough from the coronavirus to be hospitalized, but they could also be asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Actor Idris Elba, for example, recently tested positive without showing any symptoms.
According to CNN, a cluster of 82 cases in Massachusetts appears to have been started by people without symptoms. That’s why it’s so important for people of all ages to stay home if they can, to slow the spread of the virus and keep themselves and others safe.