American scientists from the University of California reported that 1 in 3 young people are at risk of experiencing a severe form of COVID-19.
The findings were made after scientists studied data on almost 8,400 men and women aged 18 to 25 years.
It turned out that the overall vulnerability to coronavirus infection in young men is 33%, and in women – 30%.
Scientists are convinced that the risk group still includes patients older than 65 years, but the virus is beginning to reduce the age gap.
Epidemiologists report that in April, there were 8.7 hospitalizations for people aged 18 to 29 in the US per 100,000 cases.
At the end of last month, young people accounted for 34.7 cases, i.e. there was a threefold increase in the number of hospitalizations.
The research found that medical vulnerability was 16.1% for non-smokers, and 31.5% of 8,405 young people, including smokers.
Scientists believe that Smoking is closely associated with the growth of new cases of COVID-19 infection, as well as with the spread of a severe form of the disease.
It is believed that a bad habit can affect the health of young people who normally have a low level of chronic diseases.