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Proportion of youth with COVID-19 triples in five months: WHO

By Ankur Banerjee and Stephanie Nebehay

 

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FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - Young people who are hitting nightclubs and beaches are leading a rise in fresh coronavirus cases across the world, with the proportion of those aged 15 to 24 who are infected rising three-fold in about five months, the World Health Organization said.

 

An analysis by the WHO of 6 million infections between Feb. 24 and July 12 found that the share of people aged 15-24 years rose to 15% from 4.5%.

 

Apart from the United States which leads a global tally with 4.8 million total cases, European countries including Spain, Germany and France, and Asian countries such as Japan, have said that many of the newly infected are young people.

 

"Younger people tend to be less vigilant about masking and social distancing," Neysa Ernst, nurse manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital's biocontainment unit in Baltimore, Maryland told Reuters in an email.

 

"Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19," she said, adding young people are more likely to go to work in the community, to a beach or the pub, or to buy groceries.

 

The surge in new cases, a so-called second wave of infections, has prompted some countries to impose new curbs on travel even as companies race to find a vaccine for the fast-spreading virus that has claimed more than 680,000 lives and upended economies.

 

Even countries such as Vietnam, widely praised for its mitigation efforts since the coronavirus appeared in late January, are battling new clusters of infection.

 

Among those aged 5-14 years, about 4.6% were infected, up from 0.8%, between Feb. 24 and July 12, the WHO said, at a time when testing has risen and public health experts are concerned that reopening of schools may lead to a surge in cases.

 

Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. expert on infectious diseases, urged young people last month to continue to socially distance, wear masks and avoid crowds, and cautioned that asymptomatic people could spread the virus, too.

 

Indeed, health experts in several countries have urged similar measures as they report that infected youth show few symptoms.

 

"We've said this before and we'll say it again: young people are not invincible," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing in Geneva last week.

 

"Young people can be infected; young people can die; and young people can transmit the virus to others."

 

Last month, Tokyo officials said they would conduct coronavirus testing in the city's nightlife districts, and instructed nightclubs to provide customers with enough space with good ventilation and to ask them to avoid speaking loudly.

 

In France last month, authorities shut down a bar where people breached hygiene rules and caused an outbreak.

 

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6 hours ago, Credo said:

There is a very basic, but important factor that you are missing.   Nobody knows how long immunity will last.   We do know that in other coronaviruses, immunity is fleeting, lasting months to a year or so.  Whether this virus will be similar we don't know.   SARS victims started showing signs of losing immunity (reduction in antibodies) within months of recovery.   

 

I'm not saying you are wrong, as no one knows yet, but do you agree that if there is no vaccine it will be impossible to keep lockdowns etc for ever, and eventually they will have to allow herd immunity to happen?

If you disagree, what other solution do you suggest?

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IMO, the significant factor is not how many youths have the disease, but how many suffer death or severe complications.

If the great majority have nothing more than cold/ flu like symptoms with no complications, then it's probably no more significant than flu, and we haven't shut down the world for flu, even though it kills people.

 

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11 hours ago, ukrules said:

Tedros should keep his big mouth shut, he's been making an ass out of himself all year.

 

So what if the young get it as a youngster, acquiring immunity to the other circulating coronaviruses at a young age (as infants) is what builds out immune systems and makes us have milder colds as we get older.

 

 

 

Perhaps the ongoing possible impairments of CVAs, kidney and cardiac impairment in younger people should be of concern.

How many deaths are acceptable for to achieve your herd immunity? 

Want hospital systems and workers to become infected and overloaded to the point of breakdown?

 

There is also no solid evidence (at this point) regarding anti bodies giving longer term protection from reinfection over a sustained period of time.

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13 hours ago, ukrules said:

 

So what if the young get it as a youngster, acquiring immunity to the other circulating coronaviruses at a young age (as infants) is what builds out immune systems and makes us have milder colds as we get older.

Studies from Germany show that their first Covid patients had lost their antibodies already 3 months after they were cured. Even for a vaccine, the big question will be how long it will provide immunity. Even the flu shot has to be renewed every year. 

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14 hours ago, ukrules said:

Tedros should keep his big mouth shut, he's been making an ass out of himself all year.

 

So what if the young get it as a youngster, acquiring immunity to the other circulating coronaviruses at a young age (as infants) is what builds out immune systems and makes us have milder colds as we get older.

 

 

 

It would make sense... if they actually got any immunity... But several cases now show that immunity doesn't even last a month.

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sure, but how many are sick, in hospitals and actually DIED ? 

 

where can we see those numbaz ?

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17 minutes ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

sure, but how many are sick, in hospitals and actually DIED ? 

 

where can we see those numbaz ?

You're looking for the wrong numbers, the ones that are more important are those of parents, grandparents, those with underlying health problems that would have been infected by them.

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"let 'em crash" to borrow a quote from Airplane. This seems to be the attitude of the young. They don't get that even if they are not sick that they are condemning other people to a premature death because of their selfish behaviour. Honestly, why do people have to party? This is supposed to be a war. I can't imagine that in WW2 the civilians were partying every night. They worked long hours, risked air attacks and fought to won the war so they could party after victory. So many people are not getting it. To use the analogy of WW2, it is like everyone deciding that they've had enough of fighting Hitler in 1943, after the battle of Stalingrad and victory in North Africa.  Imagine how that would have ended.

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Would it be too much trouble for this guy to share the death rate from Covid amongst this same 15-24 age group?  I am going to go out on a limb here and say it’s so insignificant that it would not be worth mentioning.  Why keep stirring the pot of fear? 

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