Nearly Half of NYC’s Coronavirus Cases Found in People Aged 18 to 44

FILE PHOTO: People walk through a nearly empty Times Square, during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, U.S., March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/

A plurality of COVID-19 cases in New York City are among those aged 18 to 44, but severity rates tend to follow global trends when it comes to age and underlying conditions, data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals.

Of the 15,597 confirmed as of Tuesday afternoon, 7,094, or 46 percent, were in patients below the 45. In that age group, 9 percent of people with the novel coronavirus have been hospitalized, and there have been five deaths.

All told, the data suggests the city is in line with other countries like Italy, which has reported that the majority of patients experiencing severe cases of COVID-19 are in older age groups, though that certainly doesn’t mean younger people aren’t at risk. In New York, more than one-fifth of fatalities have occurred in the 45 to 64 range.

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SOURCE: The Week