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There is now more evidence that younger people are also vulnerable to COVID-19

-Editorial

World Health Organization officials cautioned Friday that more young people are becoming critically ill and dying due to COVID-19.

At their press briefing April 3rd, WHO officials stated that more young people are becoming critically ill and dying from the coronavirus that’s now spread to almost every country across the world.

“We are seeing more and more younger individuals who are experiencing severe disease,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, stated. “We’ve seen some data from a number of countries across Europe where people of younger age have died. Some of those individuals have had underlying conditions, but some have not.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40% of U.S. COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized were under 55 and 20% were between ages 20 and 44.

Among the COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles was an individual under the age of 18, and two other individuals were between 50-70 years old. One of the individuals between 50-70 years old had underlying health conditions and resided in West Adams, the other is from a location that is still under investigation. The individual under the age of 18 resided in Lancaster.

The death of a 25-year-old pharmacy technician in Riverside from coronavirus has health officials warning the community that COVID-19 can be deadly for all and not just those who are elderly.

The body of the pharmacy technician was found March 25 in a La Quinta residence, said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer.

Van Kerkhove added:

“But what we are seeing in some countries is that there are individuals who are in their 30s, who are in their 40s, who are in their 50s who are in ICU and who have died.”

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