Atlantic: CV19 Unique threat to the (Red State) South

More young people in the South seem to be dying from COVID-19. Why?

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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/coronavirus-unique-threat-south-young-people/609241/

In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus has gone from a novel, distant threat to an enemy besieging cities and towns across the world. The burden of COVID-19 and the economic upheaval wrought by the measures to contain it feel epochal. Humanity now has a common foe, and we will grow increasingly familiar with its face.

Yet plenty of this virus’s aspects remain unknown. The developing wisdom—earned the hard way in Wuhan, Washington, and Italy—has been that older people and sicker people are substantially more likely to suffer severe illness or die from COVID-19 than their younger, healthier counterparts. Older people are much more likely than young people to have lung disease, kidney disease, hypertension, or heart disease, and those conditions are more likely to transform a coronavirus infection into something nastier. But what happens when these assumptions don’t hold up, and the young people battling the pandemic share the same risks?

The numbers emerging seem to indicate that more young people in the South are dying from COVID-19. Although the majority of coronavirus-related deaths in Louisiana are still among victims over 70 years old, 43 percent of all reported deaths have been people under 70. In Georgia, people under 70 make up 49 percent of reported deaths. By comparison, people under 70 account for only 20 percent of deaths in Colorado.  read more:

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  1. Interesting article. Everyone of all ages, everywhere, is in my thoughts, and I hope the best for each of them.

    On his show, Jimmy Kimmel said that sales of hard liquor have gone up 60%, wine increased 30% and beer sales increased 25% during the quarantine/lockdown. (I guess liquor stores were deemed “essential”?) Nevertheless, the fruit of that might be a mini baby boom in late December 2020 through early January. A plethora of Capricorns and Aquarians…