Young people are not at risk for the coronavirus, but they too can experience a severe course of the disease. We explain under what circumstances this can happen.
This has been rampant for several months of Coronavirus worldwide. In the meantime, uncertainty is also spreading among young people, because cases of very young corona patients are also becoming known who take a fatal course.
Specialists warn: Young and healthy people can also become seriously ill and die from COVID-19. This can have various reasons, which we will now explain in more detail.
40 percent of the seriously ill are between 20 and 54 years old
Basically everyone can get infected with the coronavirus. 80 percent of those infected are 15 to 59 years old.
It is true that older and sick people have a higher risk of getting seriously ill. But one study from the CDC found: Almost 40 percent of COVID-19 patients with severe disease were between 20 and 54 years old. Children, on the other hand, very rarely fall ill.
Possible reasons for a severe course of the disease
One reason for a serious course of the disease can be Pre-existing conditions be. A Spanish soccer coach Francisco Garcia, for example, died at the age of 21 from the aftermath of COVID-19. He had been diagnosed with leukemia at the same time.
A German Prof. Christian Drosten, the virologist at the Charite Berlin, has another guess as to why younger corona patients experience severe illnesses. The Type of spread in the body could be crucial.
A high dose of virus can be a heavy burden on the lungs
Prof. Drosten explained that in some cases the virus can not reach the throat but can reach the lungs in high doses. Especially when someone has close contact with an infected person.
If the infection starts in the throat, the virus stimulates it there immune system and the production of antibodies.
If it gets into the lungs, the body is already prepared and can avert the infection there.
However, if he is largely defenseless because the infection starts in the lungs immediately, it can be more severe.
So everyone should protect themselves. If not for themselves, then for solidarity reasons.