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Of 2400 cases of COVID-19 in USA between 1 in 7 and 1 in 5 people between the ages of 20 and 44 of confirmed cases require hospitalization, a level significantly higher than the hospitalization rates for influenza. But the true percentage of young people who require hospitalization is much less, because many remain asymptomatic.

2-4% (1-2 of 50) of confirmed cases among people that young are admitted to intensive care units. The fatality rate is 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent (1 in 500-1000).

Younger Americans are contracting the virus at the same rates as those who are older.

More people between the ages of 20 and 44 landed in the hospital than those over the age of 75 who wound up in treatment, even though mortality rates were lower for the younger set.

Lots of young people are getting hospitalized – a lot more than we are messaging, and, yes, maybe you do not die, but living with a damaged lung or damaged organ is not a good outcome.

In France and Italy some young people get seriously ill and very seriously ill.

Government should be messaging to young (millennials and members of Generation Z) that the virus poses a substantial risk no matter someone's age.

Young who does not show serious symptoms can still spread the disease to friends, neighbors or relatives.

But a high number of young will also get sick enough to be hospitalized, and many of them may have lasting consequences.


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