Young Britons MOST Likely to Catch Covid-19 Because Less Sticking to Social Distancing Rules, Study Says – The Sun

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YOUNG Britons are most likely to have taken Covid, according to official data.

Initial research from Public Health England shows that people between the ages of 17 and 29 were much more likely to get the infection than older people.

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    Young people aged 17 to 29 are the most likely age group to have contracted a coronavirus
Young people aged 17 to 29 are the most likely age group to have contracted a coronavirusCredits: Getty Images – Getty

It reveals that around 11% of patients tested positive for antibodies in London in early April, indicating that they got the virus and recovered.

In contrast, only 6% of people in their 60s had antibodies to the coronavirus, a difference of more than half.

Officials said the results were “unexpected,” especially since the majority of those seeking help from the NHS were elderly.

But experts say young Britons are the least likely to experience social distancing, so it’s not surprising that they are at greatest risk of catching Covid.

The results are based on blood tests taken from thousands of people across the country to assess the number of Britons living with the disease.

PHE immunology manager Mary Ramsay said people aged 17 to 29 were the “most common group of infected people” in the capital and that exposure “decreases with age”, according to the Health Service Journal.

    Mary Ramsay, head of immunology, Public Health England, explains that exposure to Covid-19 decreases with age
Mary Ramsay, head of immunology, Public Health England, explains that exposure to Covid-19 decreases with age

Speaking at a diagnostic conference, she said, “This is exactly the opposite of what we see for the disease.

“We see the disease mainly in the elderly, whereas with the infection we seem to see it in the young adults.

“This is a very interesting and most likely unexpected discovery. I think even the modellers have found it unexpected that infection rates seem to be higher in young adults. “

She said the trends were similar in other regions.

Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the UEA, said: “Young people are the most likely to socialize and the least likely to stick to social distancing guidelines.

“So from this point of view, it’s not all that surprising.

“What that shows is that people in their twenties are more likely to get the virus, but that doesn’t necessarily prove that they are spreading it.

“Although you can assume that they are more likely to mix with people their age, which may be the likely source of infection.

“These first data describe the reality of what is happening on the ground.

“In London, this shows that on April 12, about 11% of 17 to 29 year olds were infected, compared to 7% of 60 to 70 year olds, a difference of more than half.”

A spokesperson for PHE said the results came from “preliminary research” and should be “treated with caution”.

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