More and more researchers and medical professionals are warning young people to take the corona virus seriously. Because even if, according to statistics, they are less affected by severe courses, there is still a risk for them. “You are not invulnerable,” warned Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), a few days ago. In France, a teenager aged 16 died for the first time from the consequences of a coronavirus disease. In Germany, the average age of the sick is currently 47 years, according to the Robert-Koch-Institute. The risk of developing Covid-19 seriously increases from the age of 50 to 60 years. However, severe cases of the disease also occurred in young people and in people without previous illnesses.
The Berlin-based virologist Christian Drosten suggested in the NDR how young people and those without previous illnesses can develop serious illnesses. A Covid-19 disease usually begins in the throat, where the virus multiplies for a few days. The body can already produce antibodies during this time. When the virus gets into the lungs, the body is partially prepared. Drosten suspects that in some cases the virus is inhaled directly into the lungs and the body has no time to prepare. However, this presumption still has to be scientifically tested.
Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Oula Mahfouz, 24.03.2020