UPDATED 11:01 AM PT — Thursday, June 25, 2020
Recent data on the coronavirus reveals younger adults appear to be more likely to contract the virus. The latest numbers issued by the CDC show nearly 70 percent of patients who tested positive by the end of May were younger than 60.
Data still shows that elderly patients are the most likely to die from the virus, but the CDC’s numbers suggest those under 60 are more susceptible to infection.
Wider availability of testing plays a role in seeing infection rates go up as at the start of the pandemic only the most vulnerable patients were given access to testing.
Experts have said another reason younger people may be more at risk is due to social networking and lower workplace protections.
“Those 18 to 44 year olds are being infected at a really high rate,” said Prof. Erin Bromage, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. “Their social networks, their employment is allowing them to mix at a higher rate and we’re seeing the infection rate actually in Texas, Florida and Arizona just skyrocket in that demographic.”
According to reports, over 50 percent of patients who have tested positive for the virus in Florida, Texas and California are under the age of 45.