Young people with COVID-19 speak out: ‘I never felt so much pain’

“This virus does not judge you based on your age,” one patient said. Adults in their 20s and 30s, who are now recovering, warn against believing the misconception the virus only affects the elderly.
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from New York California bracing for an overwhelming surge of patients. In fact, the CDC now reporting, so far, almost 40% of those hospitalized are between the ages of 20 and 54. Tonight, some of them sharing their stories, their symptoms their fight. Here's Deborah Roberts. Reporter: We've heard of covid-19 deaths surging among the nations older population, but now stories of just how serious it can be for the young. This virus does not judge you based on your age. Today is day 10. I still have a fever. It was the cough, the fever, the difficulty breathing. I developed a fever of about 102 where I thought I might be in trouble. I started to feel like I was drowning. I tested positive for the coronavirus. My body does not ballooning to me at this point. It belongs to this virus. Reporter: After repeated early warnings about the risk to the elderly -- We're asking every American to be mindful of seniors or others with serious underlying health conditions. Reporter: The CDC now confirming that 1 in 5 cases are those between ages of 20 and 44. Just ask 22-year-old Amy shircel, who tested positive after returning from a trip to Europe. I feel like actually crap. Reporter: How sick did you feel? I was chills, fever, everything. My whole body hurts. I ended up calling 911 and going in an ambulance to the hospital. I honestly thought I was going to die. It felt like I was using all the energy I had just to stay alive. Reporter: 28-year-old terrica parks, a mom from Albany, Georgia, had a fever that spiked to 104 before she was rushed to the E.R., testing positive for the virus. I never felt so much pain in whoever thought that talking, something as simple as talking, would be this difficult. Reporter: 32-year-old Cori Goldstein from New Jersey says it hit her like a ton of bricks. I couldn't catch my breath anymore. I was in the hospital for eight full days. Misconception out there, I think that there's a misconception out there, especially with people my age, that this is not something that they have to worry about or that they'll get through. I do want to say it's the scariest time of my life. Reporter: Cori is one of the lucky ones, now recovering, as is Amy. You learned that this thing is real. Yeah. Hopefully, I help more people to realize that this is real. This is real for 20-year-olds. So important to here those voices so there's not a false sense of security. Our thanks to Deborah Roberts tonight.

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