Young people were defenseless against coronavirus

Scientists at the University of California at San Francisco concluded that young people are more vulnerable to coronavirus than previously thought. This was reported in a press release published on the EurekAlert! Website.

The researchers analyzed data on 8,400 men and women aged 18 to 25 years, and found that COVID-19 can turn into severe symptoms in 33 percent of young men and 30 percent of women. At the same time, the risk of complications also depends on external factors and most of all on smoking.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, patients over 65 years old are more likely to be hospitalized than younger ones, but this gap is now narrowing. On April 11-18, 2020, 8.7 cases of hospitalization of 18-29-year-old patients with COVID-19 per 100 thousand people were recorded, compared with 128.3 cases of hospitalization of people over 65 years of age per 100 thousand people. June 21-22, 2020, the numbers were 34.7 and 306.7, respectively, which means an increase in the number of young people who need hospitalization by more than 200 percent.

Among the factors influencing the risk were heart disease, diabetes, asthma, autoimmune diseases (gout, lupus, arthritis), liver disorders, obesity and smoking. Tobacco use is associated with a higher likelihood of COVID-19 progression, complications, and death.