Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, said Tuesday that infectious disease doctors and specialists are seeing “more and more” complications with Covid-19 in young people.
At the beginning of the outbreak in the US In the US, the researchers said the virus appeared to be forgiving the young and was particularly serious for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.
That is not the case, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a hearing of the Chamber’s Energy and Commerce Committee. “To think that young people do not have harmful consequences is not true. We are seeing more and more complications in young people.”
Fauci said he has never seen a single virus have such a wide range of symptoms.
Some people have no symptoms, while “some have mild symptoms and others have enough symptoms to put them home for a few days. Some are in bed for weeks and have symptoms even after recovery, others go to the hospital, some require oxygen, some they require intensive care, some are tubed and others die, “he said.
The comment came when authorities say more youth ignore social distancing measures and test positive. Vice President Mike Pence warned Monday that people under the age of 35, particularly in Florida and Texas, are increasingly testing positive for the coronavirus, according to ABC News.
Fauci added that young people who are asymptomatic, who never develop symptoms, can also transmit the virus to others. Young people must “worry” not only about their own health risks but also about the “outbreak dynamics,” she said.
“If you get infected and spread the infection, even if you don’t get sick, you are part of the process of an outbreak dynamics that you could be spreading,” he said. “[And] inadvertently you are infecting someone who then infects someone who is later vulnerable. That could be your grandmother, your grandfather, your sick uncle, who ends up dying. “
The coronavirus, which has sickened more than 2.4 million Americans, continues to spread rapidly throughout the United States.
Fauci told lawmakers that parts of the United States are beginning to see a “disturbing increase” in coronavirus infections. While New York State is seeing a decrease in Covid-19 cases, other states are seeing an increase in cases that “reflect an increase in community spread.”