If You're Over This Age, Your Coronavirus Risk Doubles

New research suggests that this is the age at which your chance of contracting COVID-19 skyrockets.

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There's still a lot we have to learn about the novel coronavirus. But one thing we know for sure is that COVID-19 affects people all across the world in different ways, depending on a variety of factors—including your sex, your prior medical history, and even your age. Most people know that those who are 65 and older are considered high risk for the coronavirus. However, that doesn't mean everyone who is under 65 is effectively safe from infection or complications. In fact, that's hardly the case, according to recent research. If you are 20 years old or older, your COVID-19 risk doubles, a new study shows.

According to the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, people who are 19 years old or younger are about half as likely to catch COVID-19 than anyone in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and so on. The study used data from China, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Canada, and South Korea to construct a simulated model of COVID-19 epidemics in 146 capital cities. They found that the total number of expected coronavirus cases in those cities varied depending on the median age of the population. For cities with older populations, "there were more clinical cases per capita projected."

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"Without effective control measures, regions with relatively older populations could see disproportionally more cases of COVID-19, particularly in the later stages of an unmitigated epidemic," the authors noted in the study.

"The age structure of a population can have a significant impact," Nicholas Davies, who co-led the research, told Reuters. "Countries with more young people may experience a lower burden of COVID-19."

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While many people are concerned with the risk for older adults, it's not news that young adults are also at risk when it comes to the coronavirus. A Washington Post report from the end of April found that young adults in their 30s and 40s were experiencing strokes after contracting the coronavirus, despite the median age for a stroke being 74. And if you're looking to read a first-hand take on what it's like to combat COVID at a young age, check out I'm a Nurse Who Hasn't Been Sick in Years. Coronavirus Almost Killed Me.

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Kali Coleman
Kali is an assistant editor at Best Life. Read more
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