WHO & CDC: High Number of Young and Children with Severe Coronavirus

Misleading early information that emerged amid the coronavirus outbreak has led young people to believe they are not at risk, but now the CDC is warning that a fifth of hospitalized Americans with coronavirus are people between 20-44, and the WHO warns that babies and young children can develop severe symptoms.

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Key highlights:

  • The number of young people in the US with severe coronavirus is only 6% lower than in older people, and represents one-fifth of all hospitalized cases, according to the latest report by the CDC.
  • The number of babies and children who developed severe coronavirus symptoms was 6% as compared to 18% in adults, according to the latest report by the WHO.

CDC: 20% of US coronavirus hospitalizations are young people

Young people are making up a big portion of US coronavirus hospitalizations, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Many people are falsely under the assumption that only older people are at risk of developing severe coronavirus, but US cases are now showing that the number of younger people with the virus is only slightly behind older people.

The CDC said that a fifth (20%) of Americans who are hospitalized with coronavirus are between the ages of 20 to 44.

By contrast, the highest age group is only slightly higher than young people, with 26% of hospitalized coronavirus cases affecting adults between the ages of 65-84.

US Adults between the ages of 45-54 hospitalized with coronavirus is 18%.

The risk of dying, however, remains significantly higher in older people. The number of US adults with the most severe cases, which considers those admitted to an ICU, are between the ages of 45 to 64.

The CDC says there have been no ICU admissions for those under age 19.

New WHO study: Babies and young children can develop severe coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning parents after a new study revealed that babies and young children can sometimes develop severe coronavirus symptoms.

The new study was published in the online journal Pediatrics, referencing data from cases in China which found that a number of children there developed a severe or critical disease, while one child died.

The warning comes as many people are under the impression that people under the age of 19 may not be at risk – but that is a fallacy.

According to this latest study, nearly 6% of cases in children are severe or critical. By comparison, the rate for severe cases was 18.5% for adults.

Overall, over 90% of cases in babies and young children were asymptomatic, mild, or moderate.