Although U.S. President Donald Trump claims that his son Barron’s coronavirus infection “disappeared” after “15 minutes,” a new study says the virus has probably become the leading cause of death among young people in some regions of the United States. U.S.
For people aged 25 to 44 who live in one of 11 states with high rates of infection – such as New York, Arkansas and Arizona – the chance of dying from Covid-19 is greater than any other risk, the researchers found.
In these states, 2,450 young adults died of coronavirus between March and July, slightly more than those killed in 2018 (the last number available) from accidental drug overdose, previously the leading cause of death in this age group.
“In these regions, Covid-19’s mortality is also similar to that of the HIV / AIDS epidemic at its peak in the United States,” said the team led by Dr. Jeremy Samuel Faust of Harvard Medical School in an unrevised published article peers at medrxiv.org on Sunday.
Faust and colleagues examined data released by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found that in 2020 the number of deaths from all causes among young people by the end of July this year was a quarter higher than in the same period last year.
The 14,155 excessive deaths peaked in May, but only a small fraction was directly attributed to the coronavirus.
This implies that “Covid-19 mortality has been substantially undetected in the younger adult population,” they said.
During his recent rallies at locations across the country, Trump has used Barron’s apparent rapid recovery from the coronavirus as an example of why it’s okay for schools to reopen.
“Young and strong immune system, right?” Trump said during a rally in the state of Wisconsin’s battlefield on Saturday.
“Go back to school. Let’s go back to school. No, it’s true. We tested positive and 15 minutes later I said, ‘How’s he doing, doctor? He’s fine,'” Trump said during that speech.
A Shanghai-based life scientist who studies the Sars-CoV-2 virus said the study increased his concern for young people in the United States.
“It is immoral and irresponsible to allow young Americans to be infected to obtain collective immunity,” she said.
A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases this month reported that a 25-year-old man from Nevada had considerably worse symptoms after contracting the new coronavirus a second time.
The Shanghai-based researcher said there may be more cases of reinfection, including a woman in her 30s in Wisconsin that the researcher knew personally.
“This could be the beginning of an explosion,” said the researcher, who asked not to be named because she did not have the approval of the Chinese government to comment.
Trump said – without evidence – that American doctors and hospitals were increasing the data, including coronavirus-related deaths, to increase their own financial interests.
“If someone has terminal cancer and has Covid, we report it. And you know that doctors make more money and hospitals make more money, think about this incentive,” said Trump during a rally in Illinois on Saturday.
Trump added that “he would start looking at things” as “his reporting systems are not working properly”.
Faust said “doctors are angry now” over Trump’s claims.
“But we are data driven and we want to offer solutions,” he tweeted on Sunday.
“If we were cooking the books, why are deaths from over-causes and official deaths from Covid-19 so closely over time,” he said in a separate tweet.
Elderly patients are hundreds of times more likely to die from Covid-19 than younger populations, according to studies by researchers around the world. The burden of the disease on younger generations, therefore, received relatively less attention, according to Fausto.
Dr. Scott Atlas, a neuroradiologist and currently the chief scientific adviser to the White House pandemic response team, said there was no problem with the infection of young people, as long as their elderly remained in protective care.
“Doesn’t it matter if younger, healthier people are infected? They are at almost zero risk of having a problem with that,” he said in a television interview in July.
But a study by British researchers released on medrxiv.org this month found that young adult patients with no previous medical history can have lasting health problems after recovering from Covid-19. More than 70 percent of young patients had involvement of one or more organs four months after the initial infection.
Persistent symptoms included fatigue, muscle pain, difficulty breathing and headaches.
– South China Morning Post