Young people could be carriers of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases: Experts

YOUNGER generations are likely carriers of asymptomatic cases and could easily infect older or immunocompromised people, experts have said.
Deborah Birx, the American taskforce on coronavirus administrator, said: “the millennial generation” could include many more virus carriers than previously thought.
She also said COVID-19 which has infected at least 210,000 people, leaving more than 8,800 people dead worldwide could hit younger people harder than believed, noting reports from France and Italy of serious cases even among 20 and 30-somethings. “We need them to be healthy,” Birx said. “I’m not only calling on you to heed what’s in the guidance, but to really ensure that each and every one of you are protecting each other.”
American President Donald Trump also has pointed to young people, saying “we don’t want them gathering. And I see they do gather, including on beaches and including in restaurants.” “Young people — they don’t realize, they’re feeling invincible,” said President Trump, whose country has so far reported more than 9,300 cases with 150 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.
“Millennial” is often used as a blanket term for all young people, though the Pew Research Center defines it as those born between 1981 and 1996. Those approximately 24 and younger are considered members of Generation Z — the group most likely to be flying south for spring break beach trips.
The Miami Beach mayor, Dan Gelber, warned of “devastating consequences” over the virus and ordered bars and gyms to close this week, telling spring-breakers: “You’ve got to think about the person next to you and even the person you don’t know.”
Shelly Hill, a 21-year-old university student, said she cut short her Miami trip as airlines cancel flights. “I’m not really scared of the corona, but I feel like it’s causing a lot of problems… a lot of stuff is getting shut down,” the Atlanta resident said. But “people need to be safe and quarantine, because it is spreading really fast.”

AFP