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A study of young adults aged 18 to 34 years admitted for COVID-19 found higher risk of infection and death among individuals who were morbidly obese, had a diagnosis of hypertension, or were of male sex. Patients with several of these factors had risks similar to those of individuals who were middle-aged.
This study is helpful in describing the risk to young adults for infection (noted at 5% in this study) as well as disease progression.
– Andrea Dotson, MD, MSPH
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is increasing rapidly among young adults in the US.1 Often described as a disease affecting older adults, to our knowledge, few studies have included younger patients to better understand their anticipated clinical trajectory. We investigated the clinical profile and outcomes of 3222 young adults (defined by the US Census as age 18-34 years) who required hospitalization for COVID-19 in the US.