According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, hospitals are seeing more younger adults admitted with Covid-19 as more contagious variants spread.
According to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, hospitals are seeing more and more younger adults being admitted with Covid-19 as new, more contagious variants of the virus spread faster than ever before.
Nationwide, the number of 18- to 64-year-olds visiting emergency departments with Covid is increasing while the number of visits among patients 65 and older is declining, according to a slide presented by Walensky during a news briefing last week.
“Cases and emergency room visits are up,” Walensky said. “We are seeing these increases in younger adults, most of whom have not yet been vaccinated.”
In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week the state is seeing the Covid positivity rate rise among people ages 18 to 24.
The rise in hospital visits of teens and young adults has been attributed, at least in part, to B.1.1.7, the coronavirus variant first identified in the U.K. that public health officials say is now the most common strain circulating in the U.S.