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This blog was originally posted in 2020. Some information may be out of date. For the latest updates on vaccines, testing, screening, visitor policy and post-COVID support, visit EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
In 2020, when we faced the challenges of life in quarantine, many young people continued to gather in large groups, didn't wear masks and disregarded coronavirus precautions.
So it’s not surprising that more young adults under the age of 30 began to test positive for COVID-19. While the numbers may have been due to expanded testing and detection, we also know that many young people were not physical distancing as they should have been.
Experts urged 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.
As the pandemic drags on and the virus continues to spread, 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 has COVID-19 vaccine appointments available to ages 5 and older, including booster doses for ages 12 and older. Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine now.
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 the latest information on COVID-19, please check EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
Get more information about coronavirus from Healthy Driven Chicago.
The information in this article may change at any time due to the changing landscape of this pandemic. Read the latest on COVID-19.
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