Every age group is vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, but some more so than others. Most of us assume that coronavirus symptoms and risk of death go up with age. Unfortunately, more younger people are contracting the virus now. How many of us truly know the risks to younger people and those in between?
If you’re not sure, it’s time to read up on the common (and uncommon) coronavirus symptoms to watch for in your age group, and those of all your loved ones.
8. 60+ Age Group
According to the CDC, older adults in the 60+ age group are at highest risk for coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths. This is because people over 60 with COVID-19 are more likely to suffer severe symptoms like shortness of breath. This can lead to a need for ventilator support in intensive care.
The CDC claims that 80% of coronavirus deaths in the USA are in the 65 and older age group. Even within this group, the risk of severe coronavirus symptoms goes up with age. People 85 or older are at highest risk.
7. 60+ Coronavirus Symptoms
Adults aged 60 and over with coronavirus often deal with atypical symptoms when compared to younger people. They can become very confused and disoriented, feeling strange and not themselves.
They can become fatigued, lose their appetite, and are much more susceptible to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Once a person with COVID-19 develops ARDS, things have become quite serious.
ARDS developed in 84 of 201 coronavirus patients studied in China. These 84 patients were between the ages of 43 and 60. Only half of them survived.