How the Rise in Young Adult COVID-19 Cases Affects Older Americans

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Across the U.S., there has been a surge in cases of younger adults getting coronavirus. In May, when cities started to ease their shelter in place restrictions, more young adults began going out to bars and restaurants and meeting up with friends. Now, the U.S. is faced with a huge surge that could end up putting all Americans in danger.

In addition, there may have been more cases than we know. Since many young adults don’t display symptoms, they may not know if they are carriers. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Robert Redfield said, “Our best estimate right now is that for every case that was reported, there were actually 10 other infections.”

Why do some young people die from coronavirus?

Younger people are on the whole less likely to be hospitalized or die from coronavirus. However, though it is rare, young adults do sometimes die from coronavirus. Researchers are working on finding out why the virus is so active in certain individuals and not others. Some reasons could be preexisting conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, pulmonary disease, or obesity. It could also be a genetic factor that predisposes certain people to be more vulnerable.  

States hardest hit

States hit the hardest by the surge include Florida, Arizona, and Texas. In Florida, the median age of those testing positive for coronavirus has gone down from age 55 in March to age 35 in June. The explosion in cases in younger adults is especially prevalent in Miami, where cases among 18 to 35 year olds have increased five times in a month. In Florida, cases in young people (ages 15 to 34) make up 31 percent of all cases, while that number was 25 percent in June. 

What it means for older adults

Experts are concerned that the surge in cases in younger adults will soon lead to more cases and subsequent deaths in older adults. More cities are urging residents to wear masks at all times. 

Other parts of the world, including Israel, Portugal, Iraq, India, and Mexico, are also seeing surges in cases. Around the world, 10,538,577 people have gotten the virus and 512,689 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics


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