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Dr. Fauci Says It Will Take 'Months To A Year Or More' To Know Whether Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms In Young People Could Be Chronic Illnesses

Saturday 1 August 2020


From Business Insider Australia (via Pedestrian):


Dr. Anthony Fauci
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about the
coronavirus in Washington on April 7.
(Photo: Associated Press.)

Dr. Fauci says it will take 'months to a year or more' to know whether lingering COVID-19 symptoms in young people could be chronic illnesses

By Aria Bendix
July 17, 2020
© 2007-2020 Pedestrian Group / BI Intelligence.

Most young people infected with the coronavirus won’t become seriously ill, but a growing number of them have reported being sick for weeks on end. The nation’s top disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said it may take a while to know whether they have long-term illnesses.

“It’s the people who really get knocked out badly, particularly those who require hospitalisation, that it’s going to take months to a year or more to determine if there are any long-lasting, deleterious consequences of the infection,” Fauci said during a conversation with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday. “We just don’t know that now. We haven’t had enough time.”

There’s recently been a drastic rise in coronavirus infections among young adults in the US. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s represent roughly half of cases in coronavirus hot spots like Arizona and Texas, while people ages 18 to 34 represent more than a third of cases in Florida and California.

“If you look at what’s going on with the new infections, the median age is about a decade and a half younger than it was a few months ago,” Fauci said, adding that this could have dangerous effects on transmission.

“My message to young people is consider your responsibility to yourself, but also the societal responsibility,” Fauci said. “By allowing yourself to get infected, you are propagating the pandemic.”


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