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How young people ARE being killed by coronavirus

як Irma Romero (2020-04-01)

page1-79px-Code_And_Other_Laws_of_CybersBeaming at the camera, Adam Harkins Sullivan seems much like any fit, healthy young man his age. But, tragically, last week the 28-year-old painter and decorator from North London, became one of the youngest British victims of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, it has been reported. 

Arsenal fan Adam, father to seven-year-old Harry, was admitted to University College Hospital with pneumonia. 

He was put into an induced coma, and later died, his family said. 

Adam Harkins Sullivan, pictured, 28, tragically last week became one of the youngest British victims of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world, it has been reported 

‘We are all just in shock, because he was only a young man,' said his devastated mother Jackki Harkins, adding: ‘He was healthy. You didn't have to tell him to eat his greens, he was always like that.' 

Yesterday, amid further tragedy, it was reported that Birmingham-based hospital pharmacist Pooja Sharma, 33, had also died with Covid-19. She passed away just 24 hours after the illness claimed the life of her father Sudhir, 61, a Heathrow worker. 

On paper at least, those over the age of 50 and, in particular, people with other health problems, including heart disease and diabetes, have most to fear from the new coronavirus. 

Early studies from Wuhan, China, where the disease was first identified in December last year, suggested 80 per cent of all deaths were in those over the age of 65, with the worst outcomes for patients in their 80s.






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Younger people were much more likely to suffer a ‘mild' illness, or no symptoms at all. 

And this is part of the reason the virus has spread so fast, say experts. People often don't know they've got it, so go about their normal lives, unknowingly infecting others. 

However, 15 per cent of patients suffer a severe illness - and emerging evidence suggests this is not just a worry for the elderly. If you enjoyed this write-up and you would certainly like to obtain more information regarding and everything in between. kindly see our own web page. So, undoubtedly, there will be more - perhaps many - tragic cases like that of Adam Harkins Sullivan and Pooja Sharma. 

Over the past month, reports have emerged of youngsters in many countries ignoring advice to practise social distancing. Such is the concern, World Health Organisation boss Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week warned young, healthy people they would not be ‘invincible' during the pandemic.

Many groups of cyclists, who appear not to be observing social distancing warnings, in Richmond Park, London, amid the coronavirus lockdown (file photo)

‘Although older people are hardest hit, younger people are not spared,' he said.

The most recent US figures show just that. While fatalities are highest in those over 85, one study found that out of 500 hospitalisations, 18 per cent were aged 45 to 54, and 20 per cent were 20 to 44. 

One in ten ICU admissions - the most perilously ill - were in this youngest age bracket. 

Dr Stephen Griffin, a virus expert at Leeds Institute of Medical Research, warns: ‘Everyone, potentially, is at risk. Yes, the odds get worse as we get older. But each time a person is infected, a struggle begins between the virus and that person's immune system. And you can't say, with any certainty, which will win - because genetics, and many other factors we don't yet understand come into play. 

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