Leading health experts are warning that COVID-19 pandemic is now shifting to younger population, with children, teens and young adults being most of the cases.
Till date, more than 4.8 million people in United States have been infected by the virus.
When the pandemic started, most of the cases were seen in older adults who were most at risk but new data from World Health organization now shows that young population has most cases of coronavirus now. The new cases are present in people between the ages of 25 and 64.
WHO says that the proportion of cases in children and babies have increased seven times. Whereas, the proportion in young adults and teens have increased six times.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) August 6, 2020
A while ago, a 7-year-old child became the youngest person to die of the coronavirus in the state of Georgia. The child had no underlying health conditions.
According to WHO experts, the increase in cases in these populations may be because of more testing, shifting of hotspots, and detection of asymptomatic cases. However, the health agency claimed that most of the blame might be assigned to careless behavior exhibited by the younger populations.
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) August 6, 2020
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday that since loosening of restrictions there has been a rise in large parties and social outings that might be the reason for the cases skyrocketing in young population.
In New Mexico, one fifth of all cases are being reported in people ages 20 to 29. Health experts in the state are warning people to not plan large gatherings for Labor Day as well in light of these developments.
Asymptomatic Cases Carry Same Amount of Virus
Many of the youngsters might also be taking the pandemic seriously as most of them usually suffer mild form of the COVID-19 disease. But new study from South Korea shows that asymptomatic people can carry as much of the virus as those with symptoms.
The country had been able to even contact trace most of its asymptomatic cases through mass testing since March and there has been plenty of evidence now that such cases represent the highest proportion of coronavirus cases. However, it was not known how much such cases pass on the virus to others.
Clinical Course and Molecular Viral Shedding Among Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection https://t.co/VBfernKuqp via @JAMAInternalMed part of @JAMANetwork
Message: Isolate all infected, regardless of being symptomatic or not.@ACEPNow @CDCDirector @GMA @CNN @FoxNews
— Elias Said, MD, FACEP (@MdFacep) August 6, 2020
In this study, people who tested positive coronavirus were monitored in community treatment centers. This allowed researchers to see and calculate how much virus these cases carried in their nose and throats.
All of 1,886 subjects were monitored closely and were only discharged once they tested negative for the virus.
All of the tests showed that people who had no symptoms at the time of testing had same amount of viral load in nasal and throat swabs as people who developed symptoms.
The study also showed that thought the virus cleared out of asymptomatic people’s systems much more quickly, they still carried the virus for significant period of time.
The average time between diagnosis and testing negative was 17 days in asymptomatic patients and 19.5 days in symptomatic patients.
The study did not include people with severe cases of the coronavirus. The subjects in the study were also younger and healthier than average.
70,000 Lives Can Be Saved by Masks
Since the start of the pandemic more than 160,000 Americans have died of coronavirus and this number can double by the end of this year, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) director Dr. Christopher Murray.
The director in a CNN’s Global Town Hall said at least 70,000 of these deaths could be prevented by wearing masks. The total projected deaths are 295,000.
Researchers behind an influential model at the University of Washington are now projecting that the US death toll could reach nearly 300,000 by December 1 — but that can be changed if consistent mask-wearing occurs. https://t.co/VL9YQP4Z2m
— CNN (@CNN) August 7, 2020
“It’s rare that you see something so simple, so inexpensive, so easy for everybody to participate in can have such an extraordinary impact in the US and also all over the world,” Murray said.
Nearly, 39 states like Washington, DC and Puerto Rico have mandated some kind of mask requirements in public and crowded areas.
Health agencies like the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are requesting people to use cloth or surgical masks.
CDC also updated mask recommendations on their website telling people to not use masks that have vents or valves. Thought these valves keep people cooler by allowing air to escape, it can also mean that virus droplets can escape through this route if you are infected.