Can young people die of coronavirus?
COVID-19 is considered a new disease. Bodies of those who have not yet had immunity to the new disease may not be able to create the protection in time. Therefore, the disease causes serious problems in some cases and no symptoms at all in others. Most importantly, everybody has the possibility to catch the virus.
Recently, most of the COVID-19 infections in Thailand appeared in those who are in the 20-29 age group followed by the 30-39 age group, and the 40-49 age group respectively. Although many studies show that the elderly and those with the underlying problems tend to severely suffer from COVID-19, it does not imply that the young are not at risk.
It is reported that some of the COVID-19 fatalities are from the 20-29 age group. Even though it is not a big number, it should not be ignored. This is because the young propel a society forward. During the 1918 influenza, the highest percentage of deaths was among the young people. This caused a recession because most of the labours were from this group.
Scientists have studied for the reasons why even the young people die of the virus by proposing 2 theories.
The first proposed theory is the amount of the virus infecting a person. This can be detected by the amount of the virus particles in a person’s blood (Viral load). A higher viral load means worse outcomes which can lead to a fatality.
The other propose that genetic variations may be involved. Some young people can be vulnerable when they are infected with the virus as their genes react to the disease differently.
These are assumptions based on researches and previous pandemic lessons learned. However, those with light symptoms does not mean they are not in danger. The infected or the suspected should follow medical recommendations, while those who are not infected should also strictly follow the recommendations of the government in order to prevent the infection and transmission. This will not only benefit yourselves and your families, but also the society and the economy system as a whole.
– Pandemics Depress the Economy, Public Health Interventions Do Not: Evidence from the 1918 Flu (2020)