COVID-19 hospitalization rates for adults in their 30s have reached record highs amid the Delta variant’s surge as experts fear it has turned into a “youth pandemic.”
Dr James Lawler, co-director of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, addressed the alarming hospitalization rate on Tuesday in a weekly update.
“All of these younger age groups than we previously thought were relatively untouched by the severe consequences of COVID up to age 50, these hospital admission rates are all increasing at a dizzying rate unfortunately,” said Dr Lawler.
“So it’s not just the unvaccinated pandemic in the United States, it’s a youth pandemic now. “
He added, “It’s not just a huge proportion of ICU patients admitted with COVID, it’s also a much younger demographic than what we’ve seen before. “
“And again, I think it’s another myth that young people don’t get very sick. And that’s clearly not the case, especially with the Delta wave. ‘
Dr James Lawler, co-director of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, spoke of the alarming hospitalization rate
New COVID-19 hospital admissions for patients in their 30s have averaged 1,113 per day for the week ending Wednesday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That average daily hospitalization rate had jumped 22.6% from 908 in the previous seven days, according to the CDC.
Data shows that those in their 30s accounted for 170,852 out of more than 2.5 million new hospital admissions for COVID-19 since August 2020.
Data shows that the seven-day average for new hospitalizations for people aged 18 to 29 reached 694 on Wednesday, up 20.7% from the average of 575 the previous week. Since August, 124,633 people aged 18 to 29 have been hospitalized.
The average daily hospitalization rate for children under 17 also increased by 31.2%, from 201 to 263, according to CDC data. There have been 47,172 hospitalizations of underage children due to COVID-19 since last August.
CDC data shows number of hospitalizations for children under 17
CDC data shows number of hospitalizations for adults aged 18-29
CDC data shows number of hospitalizations for adults aged 30 to 39
Map shows total number of coronavirus infections and deaths in the United States
Graph shows the number of new coronavirus deaths per day since the start of the pandemic
A graph shows the number of new coronavirus deaths per day in July and August
Graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day since the start of the pandemic
A graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day in July and August A graph shows the number of new coronavirus infections per day in July and August
A graph shows the total number of coronavirus infections compared to the number of deaths
Children under 12 are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, while vaccination rates for young adults under 40 continue to lag.
Trends in immunization data from the CDC show that only 49.6% of adults aged 25 to 39 are considered fully vaccinated – while 45.1% of adults aged 18 to 24 are fully vaccinated.
The United States has fully immunized 61.6% of all adults over 18, or about 159,026,262 people. Driving vaccination demographic rates are those of people aged 65 and over, 80.7 percent of whom are vaccinated after receiving the first bout.
Experts have noted that older demographics are at higher risk of death and development of serious COVID-19 infections, but new figures against vaccination rates are a stark warning of the rise of the Delta variant. .
The Delta variant – which can be transmitted more easily than the Alpha variant – has been shown to cause increased hospitalization rates in young and healthy people, even as vaccination rates increase.
COVID-19 hospitalization rates for adults in their 30s hit record highs amid Delta variant soar as experts fear it has turned into a ‘youth pandemic’
Dr James Fiorica, chief medical officer at the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Florida, told the Wall Street Journal that the Delta variant “likes social mobility.”
“An unvaccinated 30-year-old can be a perfect carrier,” Fiorica said.
He told the outlet that 30-year-olds are generally socially active at work and outside the office – with young families, which makes them more vulnerable to exposure and the spread of the virus.
He added: “These are people who shouldn’t die. ”