The Houston area hospital system director told CNBC on Monday that the surge in coronavirus incidence in Texas is affecting more people under the age of 50 than at the start of the pandemic.
“We definitely see how this affects young people and they get very sick,” says Dr. Houston, a methodologist. Mark boom said on the “Squawk Box.” “So we really need everyone to do their job.”
About 60% of Covid-19 patients are currently in eight hospital system Under the age of 50, Boom said. “It has completely turned over” from the early stages of the crisis, when about 40% were under 50, he added.
Previously, about 1 out of 5 people in intensive care units was under the age of 50 years. Now he says it’s almost 1 out of 3.
Boom’s comments have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions in Texas and other U.S. states such as Arizona and California. Harris County, Texas, which includes most of Houston, went to red alarm last week.
Health officials warn that an increasing number of young people are getting sick, possibly as a result of visiting bars and other similarly populous places that could reopen after severe business restrictions.
Last week, in response to an increase in cases, Governor Greg Abbott in Texas and Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida closed the bars in their statesCalifornia governor Gavin Newsom took similar steps on Sunday, closing bars in some counties in the state, including Los Angeles.
It is believed that young people with Covid-19 are at a lower risk of serious illness than older people and people who have underlying illnesses. But while this recent resurgence of the virus seems to hit young people more significantly, health experts warn that this could have widespread implications.
“However, the problem is that you had so many community-level infections in these states now that it will eventually seep back into the older population, which is more susceptible to the virus, and you will see that the mortality rates return back up, “Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, told CNBC on Friday.
Boom said another difference between Covid-19 patients at Houston Methodist hospitals is that fewer people have to go to the intensive care unit. “Despite the fact that we have 200 patients in the hospital, about twice as many, we have only about three or four people in the intensive care unit, so this is encouraging.”
At the moment, according to Boom, the Houston methodologist has the necessary ability to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak, repeating similar comments on Friday on CNBC from the doctor. David cullenderCEO of Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston.
However, the virus has not yet been contained in the Houston area, Boom stressed, saying that it is “spreading rapidly.”
“Now we have everything in order with space. But, of course, we need to take this virus under control, otherwise it cannot go on forever, ”he said.
Disclosure: Scott Gottlieb is a member of CNBC and a member of the board of directors of Pfizer, a Tempus genetic testing startup and biotech company Illumina.