Symptoms such as cough and fatigue linger for as long as three WEEKS for one in five healthy Americans aged 18-34 who contract coronavirus, CDC reveals
- The risks of life-threatening or deadly COVID-19 increase with age, but young people experience persistent symptoms
- CDC data show that one in five previously healthy adults between the ages of 18 and 34 was still not healthy 14-21 days after testing the test
- Dr. Anthony Fauci explained that the average age of people who test positive for coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen by about a decade and a half in recent weeks
- More than half of young COVID-19 patients had more than one symptom when interviewed 14 to 21 days after positive testing
- The most common persistent symptoms were cough and fatigue – and Dr. Fauci has warned that young survivors may have a chronic fatigue-like illness
One in five American adults under the age of 35 who contracted coronavirus still had one persistent symptom of the virus for up to 21 days after they tested positive, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals.
As coronavirus cases increase in much of the US, demographics have changed dramatically. Despite being a disease most deadly to older people, the coronavirus now spreads most virulently among younger adults.
Top US expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has estimated that the average age of people who test positive for COVID-19 has decreased by about a decade and a half, compared to the average age of new patients a few months ago.
The survival rates may be significantly better for this younger group, but the virus is by no means harmless to them.
When interviewed by CDC scientists between 14 and 21 days after their positive tests, 32 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 49 said they still didn’t feel completely back to their normal, healthy selves.
More than a quarter (26%) of people ages 18 to 34 said the same.
More than half of patients between the ages of 18 and older who had multiple symptoms when diagnosed with coronavirus (gray) still had multiple symptoms 14-21 days later (black), the CDC found. More than a quarter of the over-35s had persistent symptoms
It comes after Dr. Fauci had warned that the persistent COVID-19 symptoms seen in some young adults are similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome – but he added that it may take months or years before we know for sure whether the infection can cause lifelong health problems .
Despite extensive warnings that young people do not prevent coronavirus infections, young people in the U.S. are now feeding the spread of the virus and are responsible for too much of the infections.
At a news conference on June 26, the White House revealed that more than half of the new coronavirus cases confirmed in the previous weeks were among adults under 35.
Cases that are younger depress the coronavirus death rate in the US – currently estimated at about 3.6 percent of all cases, according to Johns Hopkins University – but the disease can have more lasting, potentially more serious, consequences than the common cold or flu.
CDC researchers followed nearly 1,000 American adults who tested positive for coronavirus in 13 states between April and June.
While we now know that asymptomatic infections are not only possible but also common, 94 percent of the people who participated in the study, released Friday, reported having at least one symptom when they tested positive.
Young adults represent half of the new coronavirus infections, the White House said on June 26
Youth CDC officials keep social distance, wash their hands, and always wear face cover in public to prevent coronavirus and potentially persistent symptoms
By the time CDC scientists followed the patients, between 14 and 21 days after their diagnosis, many had fully recovered, but a significant proportion were still suffering from some symptoms.
Between 29 and 43 percent of study participants who had a cough, fatigue, or shortness of breath at diagnosis still had the same problems weeks later.
Overall, 35 percent of patients in all age groups still had some symptoms.
Although the proportion of people with persistent symptoms was smallest among the youngest age group (18-34 years), 26 percent of these healthy young adults had not fully recovered.
That is in stark contrast to the recovery time for flu patients, the CDC authors noted.
Within about two weeks of testing positive, 90 percent of healthy people diagnosed with the flu but not getting sick enough to be hospitalized have returned to basic health.
“Unrecorded COVID-19 disease can lead to long-term illness and persistent symptoms, even in young adults and individuals with no or few chronic underlying medical conditions,” the CDC report determined.
“Public health messages should target populations that may not experience COVID-19 disease as severe or long-term, including young adults and those without chronic underlying medical conditions.”