At least one person in the state of Kentucky in the US is infected after attending a “coronavirus party” with a group of young adults, the state’s governor said.
The partygoers intentionally got together “thinking they were invincible,” purposely defying state guidance to practice social distancing.
While COVID-19 has been more deadly and severe for people older than 60 and those with underlying health issues in data from China, health officials and leaders around the country have been imploring young people to practice social distancing, because even people who are infected but without symptoms can transmit it to other people.
And the virus seems to be affecting young people in the US more than it has in China. A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that up to 20% of people hospitalized with coronavirus in the US are between the ages of 20 and 44. In New York state, 53% of coronavirus cases are young people between 18 and 49.