Coronavirus is reportedly killing young people at unprecedented rates in developing countries
Added 05-24-20 03:14:03pm EST - “Analysis by The Washington Post highlights the socioeconomic factors behind the groups of people most likely to be infected or killed by the virus.” - Businessinsider.com
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Younger people are dying at unprecedented rates from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as developing countries become new hotspots for the pandemic, The Washington Post reported.
As the coronavirus has been ravaging countries in the developing world like Brazil and India, young people make up a population of the victims and hospitalized patients at a rate unseen in previous epicenters, according to the report.
In Brazil, people under 50 account for 5% of deaths, ten times greater than that recorded in Italy or Spain, the Post reported, and in Mexico, nearly one-fourth of the dead were aged between 25 and 49. In India, another rising hotspot, officials reported this month that nearly half of the dead were younger than 60, according to the Post.
The same trends can be seen in hospitalizations for patients with extreme cases, the Post reported, like in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, where more than two-thirds of hospitalizations are for people younger than 49.
The Post wrote that experts point to existing issues like overwhelmed healthcare, extreme poverty, and inequality as exacerbating factors in the death tolls recorded in developing countries.
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