CDC had earlier given warnings that young people are not invulnerable to Covid-19 as reports show 40% of the serious cases are between 20-54. Only recently, Governor Cuomo said that in the state of New York, which to date has the highest numbers of confirmed cases, 54% are between 18 and 49 years old.
Apparently, many young people took warnings about the Covid-19 disease as one that is fatal to older people aged 65 and above, as one that meant the young and healthy are less likely to contract the infectious disease.
Public health officials in the U.S. are wary that they will likely see an increased number of young people getting seriously ill in the forthcoming weeks. As it is, the pandemic is still raging throughout the country, while testing of those suspected of having contracted the disease went on a slow start.
Once widespread testing had been undertaken, the number of cases quickly jumped to staggering figures, which made tracking of people potentially infected by the virus, became more difficult.
The country’s leading health expert and head of the federal government’s Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci is imploring the young people to cooperate; telling them not to get into the attitude of thinking that being young makes them invulnerable to the disease. He is telling the youth to think of family members.
“You do not want to put people you love at risk, particularly the elderly and those whose health conditions are already compromised.” “We cannot do this without the cooperation of the young generation so please cooperate with us.”
Social Media Posts of Young People Sharing Their Covid-19 Ordeal
Just recently, a young individual in Kentucky took part in a so-called “coronavirus party,” subsequently fell ill and later tested positive as another Covid-19 case. Health workers in Kentucky therefore are in a frantic race to track down those who attended the party, since they are potential carriers of the disease. At worst, they might have even spread the contagion to their family members and other contacts.
Many of the younger generation revelled during spring break despite the warnings to cease from gathering as a crowd; posting photos at social media sites on how they are spending the extended vacation amidst the ongoing health crisis. Until some started sharing experiences on how the disease became a reality when they became one of the positive cases.
Among the firsts to tweet her ordeal is 22-year-old Bjonda Haliti, who initially struggled with the decision on whether or not to share her coronavirus ordeal. Jonah Stillman, a 20-year-old blogger, who said he was one of the firsts of the Covid-19 cases reported in Minnesota, felt obligated to warn the young and healthy and not to think they are not at serious risks.
An Instagram post from 29-year-old Tarek Soliman of New York City went viral as he described how he started feeling sick for two weeks; but the symptoms were not serious. It was only when he started having chills and body aches that he went to a care center, where he fainted and later rushed to the hospital by an ambulance.