Saturday, May 30, 2020

Coronavirus Spreading among the Young

The news from Seattle is that half of the newly diagnosed Covid-19 cases in Washington state are among people under 40, with 39% of patients aged 20-39. This is expected: younger people are moving out of lockdown much faster than older people, so they are getting sick more. The news is showing lots of pictures of young crowds at beaches and bars. Meanwhile infections among people 60-79 have fallen from 36% of the total to 14%

The disease's spread among the young may turn out to be for the best in the long run, spreading herd immunity and all. We are also seeing more reports of deliberate self-infections, including a thriving black market in blood from Covid-19 patients.

But some of these brave young folks are going to die, or get one of the weird syndromes that seem to strike one in a hundred patients.

The pandemic is changing but is far from over.

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