The average age of new patients with coronavirus has declined by about 15 years, compared to what it was discovered just a few months ago, when the virus originated in America’s Sun Belt, said White House Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a Q & A discussion with Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institute of Health, that the resurgence of cases in the US is a continuation of the outbreak that was first reported earlier. year, not the second wave.
“This is a serious situation that we must address immediately,” he said.
The United States continued to move further than previously thought at the beginning of this year, reporting thousands of new cases. States such as Florida and Texas have recently reported thousands of infections every day and increasing hospital admissions.
Cases increased after some states rushed to resume their economies in May. Since then, many of them have stepped back, opening bars and dining in restaurants, as many young people neglected social distances and face mask recommendations, officials say.
“The average age of people now infected is one and a half decades younger than a few months ago, especially when New York, New Orleans and Chicago were hit hard,” Fosi said.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis said the average age of new patients with Covid-19 in his state, who reported a record number of new cases on a holiday weekend, reached a low of 33 years. In comparison, the average age of a newly diagnosed coronavirus is a patient aged 50-60 in March and April, he said at a news conference on Monday.
“Now, why is this important? Well, because it is a virus that does not equally affect all age groups. It is much more deadly for people who are over 80 and 90 years old than over 20 and 30 years, ”said DeSantis.
Mortality is significantly lower among generation Y and millennials, he added, adding that many of these cases are asymptomatic. “The fact that you are 21 years old and you may have minor symptoms does not mean that you cannot influence other people, and I think this is what bothers us,” he said.
Although young people are less likely to develop serious illnesses from Covid-19, Fauchi warned that the virus could still “disable them for several weeks.”
They should also remember that when they are infected, it is likely that they can spread the disease among people who are at high risk for serious illness, he said.
“They can infect someone who infects someone, and then someone’s grandmother, grandfather or aunt who gets chemotherapy for breast cancer gets infected,” Fosi said. “You are involved in the promotion of the pandemic, so you yourself are responsible to yourself, as well as to society.”
Dr. Deborah Birks, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, previously warned that the virus poses a greater risk to people with diseases such as diabetes and significant obesity that occur in every age group.
“We know that we have people in younger age groups with significant type 1 diabetes, and there may also be people with significant obesity,” Birks said at a press conference at the White House June 26th. “We know that these are risk factors, therefore risk factors depend on your comorbidity, and not on your age.”