Quantcast
Connect with us

COVID-19 cases skyrocket among younger Americans as states reopen

Published

on

Courier in protective mask and medical gloves delivers takeaway food. Delivery service under quarantine, disease outbreak, coronavirus covid-19 pandemic conditions.

The coronavirus is tearing into a new demographic as states relax social distancing guidelines.

Younger Americans have gone back to work in the service industry and congregating in public, and their activity seems to be bearing out ominous predictions from public health experts, reported The Daily Beast.

“Watch what’s happening before and after the peak,” said epidemiologist Dr. Judith Malmgren, of the University of Washington’s school of public health. “The disease didn’t change, but the people who were infected changed.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Washington state was the nation’s first hot spot, and half of new daily infections in early May were found in people under 40 years old, a dramatic increase from eight weeks earlier.

Malmgren and her team’s research found that cases peaked March 22 in Washington and then declined for a few weeks before plateauing at an average of about 200 cases a day.

Their analysis found that 39 percent of confirmed cases in the state were among those 20-39 years old, and another 11 percent of cases were among those under 19.

Younger, otherwise healthy COVID-19 patients are less likely to suffer serious complications from the infection, but they can still suffer lifelong health problems after getting sick.

“In eight weeks, our demographic slipped from majority over age 60 to majority under age 40,” Malmgren told The Daily Beast. “As the epidemic got under control and people over 60 followed pretty strict social distancing and guidelines, the infection rate went down in that portion of the population. But we didn’t have the same messaging — had no messaging, basically — to young people that there’s a danger to you.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Gradual reopenings around the U.S. created a “delusion of normalcy,” said pandemic expert Dr. Irwin Redlener, but the risk remains high and any spike in cases tends to show up weeks later.

“If what’s happening in Washington becomes true nationally, we have a problem,” said Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University. “Every state and the federal government need to be following this very, very closely.”


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

2020 Election

Colin Powell ally calls on House to begin ‘immediate’ impeachment hearings on Bill Barr

Published

on

Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday Morning with Ali Velshi, former Colin Powell chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should immediately begin impeachment hearings against Attorney General Bill Barr.

After discussing Donald Trump's threat to not strep down peacefully should he lose in November, Wilkerson turned his ire on Barr who has been accused of acting like the president's personal attorney.

Addressing Trump's riling up his base with accusations of election theft, Wilkerson said, "This is a very, very dicey situation that he's creating, and I don't think he's smart enough to realize that he is creating it to the extent that he is."

Continue Reading

2020 Election

Secret conversations show just how long staffers have been concerned about Trump’s refusal to leave office

Published

on

One former White House staffer has revealed President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power is actually a previous concern now coming to fruition.

Olivia Troye — former aide for Vice President Mike Pence who also served as a member of the coronavirus task force as an advisor on counterterrorism and homeland security — shared details about concerns surrounding the possibility of Trump refusing to leave office at the end of his presidential term.

During an interview with CNN on Friday evening, Troye weighed in on Trump's words tat sparked a media firestorm this week as she recalled conversations she had behind closed doors with other White House staffers.

Continue Reading
 

2020 Election

Here’s the real reason Trump is being so open about his plot to steal the election

Published

on

It's been pretty clear for months that Trump knows he's losing, and his plan to cling to power rests on getting more Democrats to vote absentee than Republicans, claiming that those mail ballots are inherently fraudulent and then waging a scorched earth campaign to prevent them from being counted or, perhaps, to persuade states with Republican legislatures to send Trump electors to DC even if Biden wins them. Chaos and uncertainty are necessary ingredients.

Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE