Recently, I unveiled a podcast called “What does GenZ think about COVID-19?” In which I discussed the fact that twentysomethings couldn’t care less about the implications of the virus on their immune systems. Across the country, college kids continue to meet up with their friends and throw parties. But it’s all fun and games until all of these oblivious children begin to develop severe Coronavirus symptoms.
According to information from the CDC, 38% of hospitalized cases in the US were aged between 20 and 54, and “among those most critical cases–those requiring admission to an ICU–12% were for patients ages 20 to 44, and 36% were for patients between 45 and 64.” But in China, data provided by the CDC shows that the regime’s crisis put the elderly more at risk. As a result of this novel intelligence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious disease, stated that "It looks like there is a big difference between that demography from China and what we're seeing in Europe.”Fauci went on to say that:
“Now we have to look at the young people who are getting seriously ill from the European cohort and make sure that it isn't just driven by the fact that they have underlying conditions, because we know that underlying conditions — all bets are off no matter how young you are if you have an underlying, serious medical condition. You're going to potentially get into trouble. But if they don't have underlying conditions, that will be something we will have to really examine as to why we're seeing it here, but we didn't see it in China. So we're going to look at that very closely.”
I would argue that one of the main contributors of the younger demographic’s susceptibility to COVID-19 is the prevalence of vaping amongst GenZ/Millennials. In fact, the medical community has come out to substantiate this argument as well. A blog post called “Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping” by Doctor Stanton A. Glantz, Director of the Center for Tobacco Research Control & Education at UCSF stated that:
“When someone’s lungs are exposed to flu or other infections the adverse effects of smoking or vaping are much more serious than among people who do not smoke or vape…[there is] animal data suggesting that vaping leads to an increased susceptibility to infection would seem to correlate with the population level data in young adult humans, whereby vapers have increased rates of symptoms of chronic bronchitis”
While vaping is not the only variable at play here, it should not be discounted. And while several other factors are probably responsible for driving this scary trend of twenty-year-old’s getting hospitalized, one thing is for certain: you guys are not invincible. Stay inside, stay safe, and save your fun and games for crazy post-pandemic parties instead. You’ve been warned.