CDC Warns Coronavirus Can Also Be Serious for Younger Adults

Tarrah Gibbons
March 19, 2020 - 3:38 pm
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As the coronavirus continues to spread, young Americans are being warned not to take the pandemic lightly.

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that younger adults are also at risk of becoming very sick from COVID-19.

While Americans aged 80 and older have a higher risk of dying from the virus, a significant portion of those hospitalized for the illness were younger, the study found.

Of 508 patients hospitalized between February 12 and March 16, 38% were aged 20 to 54.

The report also found that 47% of 121 patients who were taken to intensive care units were under the age of 65.

Additionally, 20% of those hospitalized and 12% of those in intensive care were ages 20 to 44, essentially the range of the millennial generation.

While the findings do flag coronavirus as more of a risk among younger generation than some public opinion holds, the report confirmed that older people are likelier to die from the disease once in the hospital.

Of 44 people whose deaths were reported in the study, 20 were between ages 65 to 84, and 12 were aged 85 or older.

Nine of these deaths occurred in patients between 20 and 64 years old. None were reported in those aged 19 or younger.

President Trump and other members of the White House coronavirus task force have warned young people that they're not "invincible" to the virus.

"We don't want [young people] gathering, and I see they do gather, including on beaches, including in restaurants," he said during Wednesday's White House briefing.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the Trump's task force, said she is worried about young people becoming seriously ill.

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