A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the first analysis of COVID-19 cases in the United States,media New Atlas reported. While the age and deaths of patients seen so far in the United States are indeed similar to those in other countries, these figures are a reminder that the disease can also be dangerous for young people, with 20 percent of all hospitalized patients between the ages of 20 and 44.
The new CDC report is classified as a preliminary report with a large number of gaps in the data. As of March 16, it had reported a total of 4,226 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, but only 2,449 of them were known for their age. The report is not intended to serve as a current indicator of all confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States, but rather to study cases of age and outcome. As of March 19, there were more than 10,000 confirmed cases in the United States, although models suggest the actual number could be much higher.
So far, the cdc’s data reflects the situation in other countries, such as China, where hospitalizations and deaths are highest among people over 65. Overall, 31 percent of adults age 65 have confirmed cases, 45 percent are hospitalized, 53 percent have ANIC admissions rate and 80 percent die, while adults under the age of 85 have the highest incidence of severe illness,” the CDC said in its report. “
While consistent information warns that older people are the most likely to develop a life-threatening disease from the virus, the data do warn that the disease can also be dangerous in young people. Of all confirmed cases, nearly 50 per cent are under the age of 54, while nearly 40 per cent of all hospitalizations occur in that age group.
This message suggests that the virus is not only targeted at the elderly, but is a message that many global health agencies are trying to convey. Although young people are statistically less likely to die from COVID-19, this certainly does not mean that they are immune to this unpleasant and serious disease. In a recent briefing by Mike Ryan, who heads WHO’s emergency response plans, the disease can be severe in healthy young people.
“Doctors in Italy and South Korea will prove it again,” Mr Ryan said. This is not just a disease that affects the elderly. There is no doubt that young, healthy people suffer from diseases that are generally mild. However, many other healthy adults can also develop more serious diseases. “
The CDC’s concluding recommendation in the report is that every citizen, regardless of age, should be socially segregated. Young people may be more likely to develop mild illness, but that doesn’t mean they won’t develop severe COVID-19-related diseases.
The CDC report concludes: “It is recommended that people of all ages should maintain social distance to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health care system and help protect vulnerable older people.” In addition, older persons should maintain an adequate supply of non-perishable food and at least 30 days of essential drug supplies, take precautions to maintain space between them, stay away from the sick, avoid crowds as possible, avoid cruise and unnecessary air travel, and stay at home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of exposure. “