Saturday 22 August 2020
New cases of the new Coronavirus have started again in parts of Europe recently. At the same time, this is by no means a second wave, and the number of cases is still lower than it was before.
And Bloomberg News Agency reported that while the elderly had the largest share of new cases at the beginning of the Corona crisis, the virus is now beginning to spread among the younger age groups. People between the ages of 20 and 39 years account for between 35 and 40 percent of new infections in England, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In Spain, people between the ages of 15 and 29 account for more than a fifth of the new cases.
While the division of age groups in Germany early in the outbreak looked somewhat different, the country is currently experiencing a similar trend.
At the global level, World Health Organization data show that the proportion of people between the ages of 15 and 24 years of age has tripled during the past five months.
But what happens? The first possible explanation is increased testing rates. At the height of the epidemic, only those most severely ill – who were often the elderly – were able to undergo the test, while those with mild symptoms were required to receive treatment at home without diagnosis.
With greater capacity to conduct testing and contact tracing programs in place, countries are recording less severe or completely asymptomatic cases of infection among young people who were not previously registered, according to what was reported by “Bloomberg”.
However, boredom resulting from following social distancing measures is also a big factor, especially among age groups that do not feel vulnerable. The World Health Organization has called on the world’s youth to “resist their desire to come together.”
It is not surprising that young people try to return to a normal life. Many young people in their twenties have found themselves living and working in cramped, rented bedrooms.
In Britain, young people between the ages of 16 and 24 have an average of about 26 square meters of living space in their homes. And even for those who fled back to their parents’ homes, where they are of relative comfort, they may still feel lonely due to their separation from their peers.
The question that Bloomberg poses is, how can young people be brought back into the Self-Protection Program in order to protect older family members and protect their colleagues from infection?
It is not as easy as asking them to resist their desire to celebrate. In London, young people from urban areas are more likely to live in shared accommodations.
This increases the number of potential infections, especially when each roommate has a separate social life. There should be clearer and more consistent information.
It is not always easy to know what is and is not allowed at any time. It is also possible that health officials raise the alarm more about young “Covid-19” patients, who are reporting prolonged chronic symptoms, such as chest pain and extreme fatigue.
The message will be more effective by moving directly to the method that young people use to spend a lot of their time, which is social media.
And in Preston, a city in the north of England where a recent re-imposition of lockdown measures began, the mayor of the city council called on young people, saying, “Don’t kill your grandmothers.”
And if it goes right, slogans like these can be a simple but effective way to remind everyone that we are together in this ordeal.