How COVID-19 affects younger people

Dr. Jen Ashton reports on the increase in infection rates among young adults.
1:24 | 09/24/20

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There are now more than 31.8 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide with more than 976,000 deaths globally. The U.S. Unfortunately still leading the world in fatalities from the virus with more than 201,000 American lives lost. With us as always as we get under way ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton. CDC making some news here. A new study having to do with adults and viral transmission. This is their mmwr. This is the report where they reviewed the statistics. This focussed on younger adults. They tracked cases in adults 20-29 years of age over the summer. They found that more than 20% of all the U.S. Confirmed cases fell in this age group. Then they looked at the southern states around the sun belt where we were seeing sky rocketing cases in the summer. They found that cases in adults 20 to 39 increased on average 4 to 15 days before they saw an increase in an older age group suggesting transmission there. Earlier in the pandemic covid-19 definitely much more common in older adults. Right now this new data really driving the point home young adults are contributing to community spread of the virus and potentially endangering of course older people. Thank you, Dr. Jen. We turn to ABC's Kyra

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