HealthDay Reports: Why COVID-19 Can Be So Severe in Young Adults
Coronavirus is a serious threat to young and old alike, and the immune system's reaction to COVID-19 might be why younger people are also experiencing severe cases of the virus.
THURSDAY, April 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 has infected over 429,000 Americans and claimed the lives of nearly 15,000 patients, with seniors clearly bearing the brunt of severe disease.
But experts warn the virus is proving to be a threat to some younger Americans as well.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that's been true since Americans began getting sick. In mid-March, the CDC reported that patients aged 20 to 64 accounted for 20% of all COVID-19 fatalities, though more recent CDC statistics suggest the number may be more in the range of 10%.
Either way, the risk to young Americans is significant. Which begs the question: What exactly is going on?