New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says coronavirus infections among young adults have increased significantly from August to September as colleges and universities reopened in the country.
The CDC study, published on Tuesday, found that between August 2 and September 5, weekly cases of COVID-19 among adults aged 18-22 increased by 55% nationwide.
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The health agency stressed that the jump in cases is not only due to increased testing.
With about 45 percent of young people in the age range enrolled in colleges and universities, the CDC said the resumption of personal classes is likely to be part of the reason for the increase in cases.
The CDC notes that previous reports have shown that young people are less likely than any other age group to adhere to health guidelines designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
While young adults are at lower risk of serious illness and death if they become infected with the virus than older adults and those with previous illnesses, they can certainly transmit the virus to those at higher risk and can also get sick on their own.
“Young adults, including those enrolled in colleges and universities, must take precautions, including wearing masks, social distance and hand hygiene, and follow local, state and federal guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Said the CDC in its report.
“Higher education institutions must take action to promote a healthy environment,” the agency said.
In a separate study published by the CDC on Tuesday, researchers examined an unnamed university in North Carolina that experienced a rapid increase in cases and COVID-19 clusters within two weeks of the campus opening for students, forcing the school to move to online classes.
Between August 3 and 25, nearly 700 cases of coronavirus were identified, and most cases occurred in people aged 22 years or younger.
“Student gatherings and general living conditions, both inside and outside the university, are likely to have contributed to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the university community,” the researchers wrote in the report.
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