HARLINGEN, Texas — COVID-19 cases are on the rise and many of the new cases in young people.
Early on in the pandemic, older people were put in the high-risk category for COVID-19, but new data shows young adults are just as vulnerable.
“Young people still unfortunately can die from COVID-19, even if they don’t develop severe disease or require hospitalization they’re still a large population that can contract it and spread it to more vulnerable people,” said Dr. Christopher Romero, internal medicine physician and physician advisor at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
Dr. Romero said even patients with no underlying medical conditions have been hospitalized.
“We’ve seen people with really no underlying health issues get very sick from COVID-19, there’s no crystal ball that tells us who’s going to get infected and be perfectly fine and who’s going to get infected and develop severe life threatening disease,” he said.
While there is no confirmed cause for the surge in new infections. City leaders and doctors say it could be linked to the amount of young people heading out to bars and restaurants.
“Probably that sense of invincibility made them more prone to go out and maybe not follow all of the recommendations,” said Dr. Romero.
Dr. Romero hopes young people will follow CDC guidelines in effort to stop the spread and is encouraging those who have recovered from the virus to donate their plasma.