from being “immune” to being the center of the disease

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One of the premises installed since the start of the pandemic is that those people with risk factors such as pre-existing diseases, advanced age, among others, were the most likely to go through the disease with greater difficulty, while children, adolescents and young adults would not suffer it in the same way.

This caused that many young people did not respect the measures established by the different organisms to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, from strict compliance with mandatory and preventive social isolation to measures such as disinfection of surfaces or hand hygiene, since it is a disease that in theory would not affect them seriously.

However, in recent days there was more evidence that more and more young people from European countries – as well as from the United States – have contracted the disease, putting aside the myth that young people “The disease does not affect them”. In fact, despite initial data from China showing that older people and people with other health conditions were the most vulnerable, young people – from their early 20s to early 1940s – are seriously ill. Many require intensive care, according to data from Italy and France. The risk is particularly severe for those with medical conditions that have not yet been diagnosed.

In this sense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States in mid-March found that approximately half of the patients with COVID-19 were 55 years of age or older, despite the fact that only 29% of the country’s population is that age. However, over time, The data has been established to reflect that almost 70% of those who tested positive as of May 30 were under the age of 60.

For the infectologist Vedia Lautaro, former president of the Argentine Society of Infectious Diseases (SADI), in no way can the adjective of invincibles be attributed to the youngest: “It is not true that they are less susceptible, in fact, the majority of the registered cases correspond to young adults; it is true that the mortality cases are notably less, but it does not mean that they should not take all the precautions ”.


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On the other hand, according to a study published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics, children, adolescents, and young adults are at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19 than previously thought, and people with underlying health conditions are at even higher risk.

Younger people are by no means completely immune to the effects of SARS-CoV-2 nor are they at zero risk of serious manifestationsSaid Jay Butler, incident manager for CDC’s COVID-19 response. “And among young people, that risk is high in those with underlying diseases or health conditions, which include pathologies such as diabetes or obesity,” he emphasized.

In Argentina, according to data provided by the portfolio commanded by Minister Ginés González García, there is an incidence rate of 63% confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Of the total affected, 50.6% are men, while 49.4% are women. The average age of those infected is 36 years, and 9 percent correspond to health workers. Regarding the mortality rate, the Average age of deceased persons is 74 years.


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