this article was put together by Dr. Manasi Bapat, a brilliant doctor who does a lot of charitable work…

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The important stats on adolescents and just-turned-adults:

  • In Spain, out of 221 cases for people 10 to 19, 15 of them have been hospitalized, a 7 percent rate; none have ended up in intensive care. One person in this age range has died, a 0.4 percent fatality rate.
  • Italy and South Korea have reported no fatalities for this group; China reports that 0.2 percent of cases for these young people end in death.
  • In the US, there had been no ICU admittances or deaths reported among people under 20 as of late last week; only a small percentage (1.6 percent) had been hospitalized.

With the younger generations, (same as the older generations), underlying medical conditions add to a person’s vulnerability. But the absence of health problems does not mean the absence of risk: CNN reported Sunday on a 12-year-old girl in Atlanta with Covid-19 who has no known health conditions and who is nevertheless on a ventilator.

Bottom line: Older kids and teenagers may be more resilient than their younger peers in some ways (lower hospitalization and ICU rates in Spain, the only country we have data to separate the 0-9 and 10-19 cohorts), but there is still a small risk of serious complications or death.

 

Young adults (20 to 29 years old)

The important stats on young adults:

  • In Spain, out of 1,285 cases for people 20 to 29 (a much bigger sample size than we have for children), 183 of them have been hospitalized, a 14 percent rate; eight have ended up in intensive care, a 0.6 percent rate, and four people in this age range have died, a 0.3 percent fatality rate.
  • Italy and South Korea have reported no fatalities for this group; China reports that 0.2 percent of cases for these young people end in death.
  • The CDC covers a huge 20-44 age range in its data, but here’s what we know about that entire group: 14.3 percent hospitalized, 2 percent in the ICU, and 0.1 percent fatality rate.

Bottom line: We are seeing a higher hospitalization rate among young adults compared to the teens directly behind them in age, and comparatively more of them wind up in the ICU. Fatality rates are still low, but deaths do happen.

Bottom line: We are seeing a higher hospitalization rate among young adults compared to the teens directly behind them in age, and comparatively more of them wind up in the ICU. Fatality rates are still low, but deaths do happen.

Adults up to middle age (30 to 49 years old)

The important stats on this working-age population:

  • In Spain, out of 5,127 cases from this cohort, 1,028 people have been hospitalized, a 20 percent rate; 55 went to the ICU, a 1.1 percent rate; and three people ages 30 to 49 have died, a 0.2 percent fatality rate.
  • Italy (0.3 percent death rate), China (0.2 percent), and South Korea (0.1 percent) have reported deaths in this age range.
  • As mentioned above, the CDC covers one huge 20-44 age range in its report, but here’s what we know about that group: 14.3 percent hospitalized, 2 percent in the ICU, and 0.1 percent fatality rate.
  • For people 45 to 54, the CDC reports 21.2 percent have been hospitalized, 5.4 percent were put in the ICU, and 0.5 percent have died.

 

A sincere appeal to EVERYONE. Please read this through.
Just came across a video being circulated widely, saying that only the people already suffering from diseases get affected severely by the coronavirus and the rest are absolutely safe and also that this is just a small little virus which doesn’t harm anyone. Highly misleading.
Firstly,
1) A pre existing ailment/disease is not the only thing that predisposes to serious consequences because of Coronavirus infection.
2) The development of immunity depends upon many other factors, most of which are still unknown.
3) We DO NOT KNOW who will get serious, get pneumonia/ARDS and need a ventilator because of the virus.
4) There have been reported deaths amongst young and apparently healthy individuals as well.
So please be careful. Please follow the stay at home directive.
Secondly, as a doctor, my sincere thanks to all those who showed solidarity with the healthcare fraternity at 5pm.
I hope that this spirit stays intact even in the face of certain calamitous odds in future. I will outline a few down here. I DO NOT MEAN TO CREATE PANIC.
This is a sincere appeal for all of you to understand what the foreseeable future may hold if worse comes to worst, to request all of you to have faith in the actions of the health care workers.
The number of seriously affected people is expected to shoot in the coming weeks. Many of them WILL require ventilators and life support. They could be of all ages, not just the old and sick ones. It might become impossible to get everyone a ventilator because of the sheer numbers.
When that happens, owing to the LIMITED NUMBER OF VENTILATORS available and a dire shortage of other equipment, the medical faculty is forced to do what we call as TRIAGE. This means that some patients will be given a priority over others depending on various factors like age or severity of disease or many others. Let me not get into details but this step is necessary like it is in the face of natural disasters like the Tsunami or an earthquake.
What we are entreating everyone to understand is that we do not have personal grudges due to which we’d refuse treatment to certain patients while treating only others. Doctors and health care staff are not capable of manufacturing ventilators and life support machines.
The government is making factories run incessantly and overtime to manufacture as many units as possible. But the time at hand is short and we are all human. There are limits to how much can be done, given the urgent nature of the problem.
The point of telling everyone to stay at home is that the number of people requiring life support at any given time doesn’t exceed the number of ventilators available. So that everyone who requires it could get the facility.
Please cooperate. Please please don’t step out. Please do not indulge in giving in to emotional outbursts if informed of triage. Beating your doctors up will result in one less person to treat patients. Vandalising hospital property will only mean less facilities for patients. Violence should be avoided at all costs. Please abstain from these and educate as many of others as possible.
Also, please feel free to circulate this request.

 

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