4 Things Young People Should Know About
One of the most challenging parts of the current crisis is understanding risk.
While COVID-19 tends to be more dangerous for older adults and those with underlying conditions, young people should not take it lightly—especially as states begin to loosen local lockdown restrictions.
We’re all in this together, and that includes people of all ages.
Here are 4 things to keep in mind if you’re young—or have young people in your life.
Youth does not make you immune to COVID-19
According to the CDC, approximately 40% of people who have tested positive for the virus are 44 years old or younger. Since younger individuals are also less likely to practice physical distancing, this rate of infection should be taken seriously.
Even if you feel fine, you could be carrying
This is especially true if you are young and otherwise healthy, without underlying conditions. Younger patients are likelier to have mild or asymptomatic cases. But they can still transmit the virus, both to older relatives, and other young people at risk because of diabetes, heart disease, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, or kidney disease.
Not all cases of COVID-19 among healthy young people are mild
Many young adults, even those without underlying conditions, have been hospitalized with severe cases. Researchers are investigating everything from the impact of vaping to genetic predisposition. But the takeaway is clear: hospitalization is very possible for otherwise healthy individuals who contract the virus.
No matter how you feel, practice prevention
Wear cloth face coverings in public, wash your hands frequently, and stay at least 6 feet away from others. Lockdown restrictions may begin to change in the coming weeks depending on where you live. For your own safety and the community’s, make sure you understand the latest guidance before engaging in public activities.