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'It's very troubling': alarm grows over Covid-19 spike among young Americans

Added 07-02-20 06:09:03am EST - “Doctors are seeing more and more young patients ?" and health experts are urging young people to take the virus seriously” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “'It's very troubling': alarm grows over Covid-19 spike among young Americans”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Doctors are seeing more and more young patients – and health experts are urging young people to take the virus seriously

Until recently, the majority of coronavirus cases that Dr Quinn Snyder, an emergency doctor at one of Arizona’s largest emergency departments, saw were older people. But since mid-May, when the state’s stay-at-home order was lifted, and particularly after the Memorial Day holiday, the demographic has shifted.

Some of those, he said, are coming in severely ill – requiring oxygen, intubation and ventilators. “We even had people in that age group die, unfortunately. So it’s very troubling and it’s very difficult to watch young people die from this disease. It’s horrible.”

As cases continue to soar at record levels across the US, which now has over 2.6m cases, there is growing alarm about a surge in younger people getting the virus. On Friday, vice-president Mike Pence said half of new cases in the US in recent weeks were adults under 35.

Speaking ahead of the July 4 holiday weekend, health experts in hotspot states – which include Arizona, Texas and Florida – warned numbers will continue to rise and that if young people do not take better precautions, hospitals will reach capacity and states could be left with no choice but to completely shut down.

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