The youths, with mild to no symptoms of Covid-19, die from strokes linked to the virus, warned doctors.
Experts say that Covid-19 appears to be the cause of sudden blows in adults in their 30s and 40s, who are otherwise healthy.
Doctors in the United States have also warned that some of those affected have been reluctant to call 911 because they know hospitals are overwhelmed with cases of coronavirus.
The new coronavirus appears to cause blood clotting in an unusual way, leading to strokes.
“The virus appears to cause increased clotting in the large arteries, resulting in a severe stroke,” Dr. Thomas Oxley, neurosurgeon at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, told CNN.
He says the cases appear in people under the age of 50, with either mild symptoms of Covid-19 or, in some cases, no symptoms at all.
“Our report shows a seven-fold increase in the incidence of stroke in young patients in the past two weeks. Most of these patients have no medical history and were at home with either mild symptoms (or in two cases, no symptoms) of Covid, “he added.
“All of them have tested positive. Two of them were late in calling an ambulance. “
Doctors point out that stroke is not common in young people.
“For comparison, our department, in the past 12 months, has treated an average of 0.73 patients under the age of 50 every two weeks, having suffered a large vessel stroke,” the team wrote in a letter. for publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. .
“The average person with a large stroke is severely affected,” said Oxley.
“It means it’s a bigger clot. It includes one of the largest arteries in the brain. “
Doctors are warning people to watch for symptoms of Covid-19 and stroke.
• Covid19.govt.nz: the official Covid-19 government advisory website