URGENT: Young Marinites MUST Also Practice Social Distancing
Author: Dylan Panahy
As the COVID19 coronavirus sweeps through the Bay Area, misinformation abounds. This is partly because scientists themselves are still trying to understand exactly how the virus works and how it spreads so quickly. However, new research is painting a clearer image.
Preliminary peer-reviewed data out of South Korea (a country that has tested a staggering 300,000 people and successfully slowed the virus’ spread) hints at something ominous: Young asymptomatic people are likely playing a role in the virus’ spread.
The graph below from the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences shows the age distribution of coronavirus infections in South Korea as of March 2nd, 2020.
Of course, at this point given the rapid speed of the virus’ spread, the data has yet to tell the full story.
However, it is worth noting here that while >30 year olds accounted for a large percentage of confirmed cases amongst those tested, the youngest officially recorded patient in South Korea to die of COVID19 as of March 2nd 2020 was 35. In other countries such as Italy and France, however, there has been recorded hospitalizations and deaths in the 20-29 age range.
The relatively few severe cases amongst the young can have a dangerous side effect. Young people in large numbers may not be realizing that they’re infected and continuing with their normal lives, putting others in danger.
In short, if you continue to socialize and ignore social distancing and/or do not practice CDC guidelines for cleanliness, you are directly putting your loved ones’ lives at risk.
In this time of information overload and media confusion, what we at NextGen are attempting to do is block out the noise and keep you informed with scientific, peer-reviewed data to keep you and your family safe.
Stay safe and take care of one another (at a safe distance).
Check out the research yourself below: