By Daily Caller. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday released its first batch of data on coronavirus patients in the United States, showing that while older adults are more likely to experience severe problems with the virus, younger adults are also falling seriously ill.
Fifty-five percent of coronavirus hospitalizations were younger than 65, with 20% between 20 and 44 years, according to the CDC data. Twelve percent of ICU admissions have been for adults have been in that lower age bracket, the federal agency said.
The CDC collected the data from 2,449 patients who tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, through March 16. As of Thursday, more than 9,400 Americans have tested positive for the virus. At least 150 have died, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The public messaging around coronavirus has been aimed at adults over 65, and those with underlying health conditions. People in those groups have been urged to stay away from crowds, and to stay at home if possible. But the CDC data suggests that younger people are also at risk of bad outcomes from infection.
“These preliminary data also demonstrate that severe illness leading to hospitalization, including ICU admission and death, can occur in adults of any age with COVID-19,” the CDC report stated. (Read more from “CDC Data Shows Younger Adults Also End up in Hospital From Coronavirus” HERE)
Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S. Without Urgent Action, Estimates Say
By The New York Times. The coronavirus has infected far more people in the United States than testing has shown so far, and stringent measures to limit social contact in parts of the country not yet seeing many cases are needed to significantly stem the tide of illness and death in the coming months.
Those are the conclusions of Columbia University researchers who used a New York Times database of known cases and Census Bureau transportation data to model how the outbreak could evolve based on what is known about the virus. The estimates are inherently uncertain, and they could change as America adopts unprecedented measures to control the outbreak.
But they offer a stark warning: Even if the country cut its rate of transmission in half — a tall order — some 650,000 people might become infected in the next two months. (Read more from “Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S. Without Urgent Action” HERE)