Infectious Diseases

COVID-19 May be More Dangerous for Younger People than Originally Thought

Posted on 24 March 2020

According to the CDC’s study of 4226 US coronavirus cases, around 1 in 5 cases between the ages of 20 and 44 were hospitalised. 2-4% of people in this age group also required intensive care.

Most of the media attention and advice concerning COVID-19 has focused on the elderly – not unreasonably so, as those over 65 with existing health conditions remained the most at risk group. However, the risk to younger people may have been understated in the process.

In the USA and elsewhere, many young people have not been following social distancing measures, putting those more vulnerable to the virus at risk. Perhaps the knowledge that they too could become seriously ill in intensive care will lead some to reconsider their plans.


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