KYW Medical Report: COVID-19 spread in young people

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By KYW Newsradio 1060

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The CDC has some disturbing data regarding COVID-19 spread in young people.

Cases increased by 55.1% nationally among young adults ages 18 to 22 as colleges opened across the country.

The data is based on COVID-19 cases from 50 states, D.C., and four U.S. territories.

The largest increases in covid-19 cases among young adults occurred in the Northeast and Midwest, where weekly COVID-19 cases rose by 144% and 123%, respectively.

The CDC warns this is having an impact in surrounding college towns and beyond.