The coronavirus has spread from the elderly to the young in the state of Washington.
Half of those confirmed in Washington in early May were under the age of 40, when only 33 percent of sick residents of that age had a significant change from the initial outbreak of the virus, According to a new study.
Researchers behind the work have called on health officials to continue re-launching states to raise awareness and safety efforts aimed at young Americans.
Although young people are less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, they may become seriously ill and their lifestyles put them at greater risk of spreading the disease to others, said Seattle epidemiologist Judith Malmgren, who led the study. The Seattle Times reported.
“Younger people are more likely to be socially active, they are more likely to work in the professions they need and to communicate more with the public.”
The report, posted on Reprint Server MedArchive, used the state’s publicly available health data to track age between March 1 and May 3, shifting the share of cases to the younger population after the number of infections peaked in late March.
The analyzes do not explain why the uncles moved to fewer patients. Malmgren, however, said he observed the younger man in his town and his face without a mask.
State health officials told the Seattle Times that the trends were the result of early awareness targeting older, vulnerable populations – because younger residents live more or less at home.
Dr. Jeff Duchin, a health officer in Seattle and King County, said in the study that “over time, the symptoms of a person being infected reflect human behavior.”