Covid-19 half as dangerous to youngsters under 20, British study finds

World Grigory Matyunin 16-Jun-2020
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A British study has found that young people aged 20 and younger are half as susceptible to covid-19 as older people.

The study, published by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, has revealed that only 21 percent of youngsters aged 11 to 19 are likely to display covid-19 symptoms if infected compared to 69 percent of adults aged 70 and over.

The scientists have said that the new findings will be crucial in informing decisions about social distancing measures by shedding more light on the impact of age and the true number of covid-19 infections worldwide.

Researchers Rosalind Eggo and Nicholas Davies utilised data from 32 locations across six different countries.

The news comes as dexamethasone has been heralded as a new drug that can improve the prospects of survival upon infection by 20-35 percent. Peter Horby, who led the study ‘Recovery’, discussed the breakthrough at today’s government briefing. The drug is expected to be inexpensive for healthcare providers.