People between the ages of 20-40 are leading the increase in the coronavirus infections, as at least half of US states are now seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, while a new study says the early infection rate was likely 80 times higher than originally reported; plus, the latest COVID-19 news.
A shift is occurring in the coronavirus pandemic, where in the early part of the outbreak older adults were the most affected. Now, it is younger people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who are increasingly testing positive for COVID-19. This shift is especially evident in Texas, Florida, and Arizona, three states that are seeing the largest resurgence of coronavirus.
Overall, more than half of US states are now reporting a rise in COVID-19 cases, Market Watch reports.
Experts say a number of factors are at play, including increased testing, but also due to large gatherings of people, which tend to be made up of younger people.
Dr. James McDeavitt, senior vice president and dean of clinical affairs at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston says: “I’ve seen bars and restaurants that look like it’s New Year’s Eve 1999, not a care in the world, nobody wearing masks, standing shoulder to shoulder.” Dr. McDeavitt adds that the city of Houston has seen “very rapid increases” in new patients who are sick enough to be hospitalized.
Vice President Mike Pence, during a conference call with governors around the country on Monday, said that an increasing number of people under age 35 are testing positive for COVID-19, especially in states seeing a resurgence, such as Florida and Texas, MSN reported.
During the call, Pence told governors that the White House is working directly with those states to address the rise in the number of coronavirus cases.
Last week, Texas Governor Greg habit said that in certain counties in his state, people under the age of 30 represent the majority of positive COVID-19 tests. On Monday, Governor Abbott said the spread of coronavirus now occurring in Texas is “unacceptable.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, last week, said the average age of cases in his state has dropped from the 60s to age 37.
Hospitals in Florida report an increase in younger COVID-19 patients, between the ages of 30-40, and even late 20s. North Carolina physicians are seeing an increase within that age range as well, even teenagers.
Physicians are warning not to discount the danger because younger people tend to get less sick because the bigger threat is that these younger people are spreading the disease to older people who are more vulnerable to dying from coronavirus.
White House health advisor and America’s leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, NBC reported. Dr. Fauci said he sees a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus infections and that the rising number of cases “reflect an increase in community spread.” Dr. Fauci added, “that’s something I’m really quite concerned about.”
A new study from Penn State estimates that the number of cases of COVID-19 early on in the coronavirus outbreak in the United States could be more than 80 times greater than originally estimated and that the spread of infection may have doubled nearly 2 times as fast as was originally believed.
Many epidemiologists now believe that due to testing issues and availability early on in the coronavirus pandemic, the initial infection rate of COVID-19 was undercounted. They also say this missed identifying early cases in both asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals, Science Blog reports.
This new study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, on Monday, June 22, and the researchers used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s influenza-like illnesses (ILI) surveillance data over a three week period in March 2020 in determining their findings.
On Tuesday, the state of California set a new record for coronavirus cases in a single day at 5,019, as hospitalizations have reached a total of 3,868. The state broke records that were set two days earlier on both Saturday and Sunday, Deadline reported.
The previous records before that go back to April 29, a clear signal that coronavirus a strong resurgence of COVID-19 is occurring in the state. All totaled, California has had 183,073 positive cases and 5,580 deaths.
The state of Arizona reported a new record high of 3,591 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. This brings the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to nearly 60,000. The number of hospitalizations in the state also increased to 2136, according to Arizona’s Department of Health Services, NBC reported.
On Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey encouraged people to continue to physically distance and wear masks, although not making masks mandatory. However, many mayors across the state have made the wearing of masks mandatory in their cities.
Texas is now averaging roughly 3500 new coronavirus cases a day, while hospitalization records have been broken for a second week in a row.
“To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas, and it must be corralled,” said Gov. Greg Abbott, while adding that closing down the state again would always be the “last option.”