As coronavirus cases surge in parts of the U.S. some officials are blaming young people.
In states across the country seeing a spike in coronavirus, governors are pleading with young people to wear masks and practice social distancing. And there are numbers to back up their concern.
Texas authorities say more than half of the new cases in counties home to hot spots like Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio are among those 35 and younger.
While the CDC reports that younger people are more likely to be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, that doesn't mean they are in the clear. We are also seeing a spike in hospitalizations for people ages 18 to 49. Austin's medical director reports an increasing number of those young people are ending up in the ICU and on ventilators.
And while young people are less likely to die from this virus we are starting to learn about the long term effects of COVID-19. Global researchers are reporting patients who recover suffering from everything from permanent lung scarring to heart damage to neurological symptoms. So while young people may feel invincible, coronavirus is teaching all of us some harsh lessons.
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