The risk of contracting coronavirus disease (COVID-19) remains serious and fatal for anyone. However, there are young and healthy people who grow reckless. Of course, this came from the fact that elderly individuals were put into vulnerable groups with immunocompromised people. With that said, young and healthy people should be careful and fearful of the deadly virus, too.
COVID-19: Two reasons why young and healthy people should be concerned:
Since coronavirus disease came from a new strain, data remains extremely limited. Tracking reports, on the other hand, sees young people experiencing a milder case of the disease. However, there are others who get extremely sick and even die due to the virus. Some young people may also be asymptomatic carriers. This just follows the reality that young and healthy people aren’t as invincible as they think.
Data suggests that 80% of COVID-19-related deaths come from older adults. However, young people can be at risk of contracting it, too, due to their lifestyle decisions. Of course, these behaviors include smoking, vaping, and others. Patients diagnosed with coronavirus who were smokers were fourteen times more likely to have pneumonia.
Aside from that, alcohol can also weaken one’s immune system putting them at a higher risk for infections. Of course, another factor that comes into play will be if they practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and religiously washing their hands. No matter how old or young you are, if you don’t follow such things, you could be at risk of contracting the virus.
They unknowingly spread COVID-19 to others who remain more vulnerable. As a young and healthy person – even if you don’t end up in the hospital – you could risk transmitting the coronavirus to someone else who could wind up as a fatality. Of course, this doesn’t only mean the older adults you interact with.
There are other young people who remain at risk due to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, and kidney disease among others. Although the majority of young people may not get sick enough to end up in intensive care, a lot of socially active youth end up spreading the virus.
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Angela Grace P. Baltan has been writing professionally since 2017. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. Aside from that, she has an affinity for writing anything under the sun. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, the LGBTQIA+ community, and mental health among others.