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As we deal with the challenges of life in quarantine, many young people continue to gather in large groups, not wear masks and disregard coronavirus precautions.
So it’s not surprising that more young adults under the age of 30 are testing positive for COVID-19. While the numbers may be due to expanded testing and detection, we also know that many young people are not physical distancing as they should be.
Experts are urging young people to take the virus more seriously. Even when they have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, young adults can easily spread the virus to older adults and those with underlying health issues — who are at higher risk for serious complications from the virus.
And while young adults are less likely to develop severe infections, some of them do develop serious complications and require hospitalization, even intensive care. Younger people with diseases like asthma, obesity, immune disorders, diabetes, liver or heart conditions are at greater risk of severe illness.
How can you talk with a young adult about coronavirus so they take it more seriously?
Read the CDC’s Toolkit for People 15 to 21.
Edward-Elmhurst Health offers a mobile app, MyEEHealthTM, which helps you keep track of your health from the comfort of anywhere. With new virtual options, you can connect with select healthcare providers online — keeping you safe and at home. Learn more.
For updates on our planning and response efforts as we work to stop the spread of COVID-19, please check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
Get more information about coronavirus from Healthy Driven Chicago.
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