WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- After a group of young adults held a “coronavirus party” in Kentucky, at least one of the attendees is now infected.
- Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear expressed his frustration on Tuesday and reproached young people to stop thinking they are “indestructible” and follow the state’s guidance on social distancing.
- Young people are not only still at risk of hospitalization, but they can also transmit it to someone more vulnerable to the disease.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced on Tuesday that the new coronavirus case was one of the young adults who held a “coronavirus party” in defiance of the state’s guidance on social distancing.
The governor expressed his frustration at how the partygoers purposefully got together, “thinking they were invincible.”
“This is one that makes me mad,” Beshear reproached. “We have to be much better than that.”
The data from China had suggested that COVID-19 has been more fatal and severe for people older than 60 and those with underlying health issues. However, the virus seems to be affecting young people in the United States more than it has in China.
According to a new report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 20% of people hospitalized due to coronavirus in the U.S. are between the ages of 20 and 44.
In addition to this, recent modeling based on Chinese data showed that the initial rapid spread there may have been caused by asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
Health officials and leaders around the world have implored young people to follow social distancing measures not just because they are still at risk of hospitalization, but also because they can transmit it to someone more vulnerable to the disease.
In New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed on Sunday that more than half (53%) of coronavirus cases are patients between the ages of 18 and 49.
In California, a patient younger than 18 had died on Tuesday.
In Georgia, a 12-year-old is on a ventilator is fighting for her life in an Atlanta hospital since Sunday.
In France and Italy, there have been “concerning reports” about young people becoming “very seriously ill in the ICUs,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus reponse coordinator, last week.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the virus has infected over 52,000 in the U.S. and killed at least 680 people.
Kentucky had at least 39 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the total to at least 163 cases, Beshear announced.