Young People Are Exposing Older Members In Their Family To The Virus

Young People Are Exposing Older Members In Their Family To The Virus

There's growing evidence that youngsters, who despite warnings ventured outside returned home and infected the more vulnerable family members.

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Experts suggest that young people who work outside their homes could be the reason behind the sudden spike in the death toll of Americans infected with the coronavirus. There's growing evidence that youngsters, who despite warnings ventured outside and flocked into bars and restaurants when the lockdown was relaxed, returned home and infected the more vulnerable family members - the elderly. A pattern of hospitalization and deaths, which was feared initially in May, has been noticed in Houston, South Florida, and other states by healthcare workers and elected officials, reports The Washington Post. Despite these concerns of transmission, states like Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida reopened to revive it's sinking economies.


Moreover, the Trump administration is also calling for schools to begin in-person teaching further increasing the risk of infections to the vulnerable crowd. In light of these decisions, it's difficult to rely on the federal government's strategy to shelter the country's most helpless. If young adults and essential workers are infected after coming in contact with infected people, they might return home and to their parents and grandparents and expose them. School and college students might expose their teachers and family members. Thus, there would come a point when the elder generation, with underlying health problems, will mix with the younger generation, say doctors. "We think when Texas started opening up, that was May 1, it was young people going to bars and restaurants, out and about, gathering socially," explained Pat Herlihy, the chief of critical care at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston.


"My hypothesis now is that they’re engaging with the larger families, they’re engaging with the 60 to 70-year-olds — parents uncles, aunts. They’re engaging much more with that vulnerable population," continued Herlihy. Recently a Florida woman opened up about a similar incident after her husband was left fighting his life after contracting COVID-19. Her stepson ignored her parents' pleas to stay home and went out to his friend's home one night and when he returned he infected his whole family. While others recovered, the father- who was at a higher risk of developing critical systems because he was diabetic and overweight - had to be admitted to hospice care after suffering four days from fever and a cough that just wouldn't go away. 42-year-old John Place spent 18 days on a ventilator and nearly two weeks ago it was removed. He continues to remain hospitalized as he is still suffering the debilitating effects of the virus.


Michelle Zymet, Place's wife, revealed she had repeatedly requested her stepson to wear a mask at all times and avoid going out with his friends during this pandemic. "He always assured me, 'Don't worry, mom. I'm doing everything right, relax, chill.' You know how these kids are, so I trusted in him," she told WSVN. After one night of amusement, the boy developed cold-like symptoms. The friend whose house he ha been to had tested positive for coronavirus. By then the contagion had already spread to the other members in his family. "You let your guard down just one time, it's all it takes. You come home, and you infect the entire house," said Zymet. "They don't necessarily listen. It could be peer pressure," said Zymet of the young generation. "Maybe they think, 'None of us are sick. We are fine.' They don't understand many of us are asymptomatic and are positive carriers of the virus," she explained.


Zymet requested others not to make the mistake her stepson did, saying, "You’re not invincible. This is not a joke. This is a deadly, devastating disease that is affecting millions of people across the world. You need to listen and understand that you got to take the necessary precautions, Just wear the mask. At least wear your mask and try to wash your hands as often as you can." Then on Monday, the White House announced that National security adviser Robert C. O’Brien contracted COVID-19 from his daughter. So, young people mostly show mild symptoms and because they are disproportionately asymptomatic it is difficult to gauge when they get infected and bring the virus home to the vulnerable members of the family. The Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez is now urging people to distance themselves from their family members. "Yes, I know it’s a sacrifice but do so because, again, just because it’s your son, or your daughter, or your cousin, or your mother, or your father, doesn’t mean they don’t have covid," he said.

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