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Coronavirus: It’s Dangerous to Everyone

Even young, healthy people can get sick.

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There has been a lot of talk about Coronavirus and how it may or may not affect different age groups. While anyone can get the infection, the elderly and those with compromised health are at the most risk.

Younger generations may not be in as much danger of getting COVID-19, but they can easily pass it on to others without even realizing it. This is why health professionals and the president of the United States have urged social isolation.

You could be carrying the disease without even knowing it. The danger here is the potential to pass it on to parents, grandparents, and others who may be much more likely to get sick from it. “Remember that transmission is not just person to person, it’s also place to place,” Dr. Nikita Desai, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic, said. “Everywhere you go, you might leave virus and then someone else may come and pick it up.”

By the Ages

More cases in young adults are appearing as the virus becomes more established. In California there have been 246 adults under the age of 64 diagnosed with Coronavirus while only 135 people over 65 were infected. In Colorado the numbers are even more telling as more than half of those diagnosed were people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. And in Georgia, people under the age of 60 made up 46% of the cases.

Italy’s number of infected has swelled to be beyond China’s and some critics say that is because the country tends to have more elderly citizens than other places. However, 38% of the cases were in people over 70, but then 37% have been found in people in their 50s and 60s. About a quarter of the diagnoses in Italy are in adults younger than 50.

Taking precautions and practicing social isolation is the way to combat the spread of Coronavirus according to health officials. Even if you do not have any symptoms, or they are very mild, safety measures should still be followed to protect friends and family members who may be more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

Kelli Ballard

National Correspondent at and Kelli Ballard is an author, editor, and publisher. Her writing interests span many genres including a former crime/government reporter, fiction novelist, and playwright. Originally a Central California girl, Kelli now resides in the Seattle area.

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