The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new report that states 38 percent of patients out of 508 who tested positive for the coronavirus and were hospitalized are between the ages of 20 to 54.
Of the 508 patients as of March 16, the CDC also notes 20 percent of those are between the ages of 20 to 44, while eighteen percent being those between 45 and 54, and twenty-six percent range between ages 65-84. The respiratory illness has claimed the lives of more than 141 Americans, The Washington Post tracks.
Medical officials are warning young people to continue to practice social distancing as a means of not only infecting those older people who are higher risk but also to protect themselves from falling seriously ill. To stress this method of flattening the curve of the virus’ contamination, Twitter user Bjonda Haliti, a 22-year-old who tested positive for COVID-19, shared her experience notifying medical officials of her symptoms. She also noted that she’s unaware of how she contracted the virus but informed those she came into contact with of her status.
I’m 22 years old and I tested positive for COVID-19.
I’ve been debating on posting, but I want to share my experience especially with those around my age to help bring awareness, and to relieve any stress/anxiety some may have due to the pandemic.
— Bjonda Haliti (@baeonda) March 18, 2020
There are 9,272 confirmed cases country-wide, New York state making up a significant percentage of that figure. Like NY, other states are stressing the need to encourage those who can to quarantine inside their homes. But contrary to that practice, CBS News interviewed several young people who are on spring break in Miami, Fla., who are taking a chance on contracting the virus to still continue their vacation.
“If I get corona, I get corona,” one person said. “At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying. We’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for a while, about two months we’ve had this trip planned…and we’re just out here having a good time. Whatever happens, happens.” The state’s Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he will not close down the beaches and referred to the CDC’s advice of avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.
“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying”: Spring breakers are still flocking to Miami, despite coronavirus warnings. https://t.co/KoYKI8zNDH pic.twitter.com/rfPfea1LrC
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 18, 2020