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Yes, young people are falling seriously ill from Covid-19

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  1. JXM
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    I can only speak for my group of friends, which are all early 30s, but we are taking it extremely seriously and even planning virtual events to hang out (like streaming games on Twitch). I think a...

    The deadly coronavirus has been met with a bit of a shrug among some in the under-50 set in the United States.

    I can only speak for my group of friends, which are all early 30s, but we are taking it extremely seriously and even planning virtual events to hang out (like streaming games on Twitch).

    I think a lot of the media coverage is misrepresenting a small group of people who are ignoring the potential deadliness of the virus.

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  2. jcdl
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    Selfish spring breakers + Florida retirees + DeSantis asleep at the wheel = lots of dead Floridians.

    Selfish spring breakers + Florida retirees + DeSantis asleep at the wheel = lots of dead Floridians.

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    SantalBlush
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    That bar chart is misleading when taken out of context. It's showing the raw number of hospitalizations per age group, when it needs to show the number of hospitalizations as a proportion of...

    That bar chart is misleading when taken out of context. It's showing the raw number of hospitalizations per age group, when it needs to show the number of hospitalizations as a proportion of people in each age group who tested positive for the virus for the purposes of this article.

    Also, see the footnotes:
    -Hospitalization status missing or unknown for 1,514 cases (more than 70% of the roughly 2,500 cases mentioned here)
    -ICU status missing or unknown for 2,253 cases
    -Illness outcome or death missing or unknown for 2,001 cases

    The table lower in the article appears to be better. It shows that 14.3-20.8 percent of people ages 20 to 44 who tested positive for the virus are hospitalized, compared to 21.2-28.3 percent of people ages 45 to 54. ICU admission has a much stronger difference, with 2.0-4.2 percent of people ages 20-44 being admitted to the ICU while 5.4-10.4 percent of people ages 45-54 were admitted to the ICU. These disparities appear to grow more with age. Case fatalities for ages 20 to 44 are 0.1-0.2 percent.

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    1. skybrian
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      Yeah, that's why I didn't retweet the bar chart when I saw it on Twitter. At least the article has more information than that.

      Yeah, that's why I didn't retweet the bar chart when I saw it on Twitter. At least the article has more information than that.

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