The Average Age of COVID-19 Victims has Dropped 15 Years

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If you think you're too young to be infected by the coronavirus, think again. In recent weeks, the average age of COVID-19 sufferers has dropped 15 years.

That's according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House's top health advisor. He says while younger people are still less likely to die from the virus, they're now more likely to catch it. "The average age of people getting infected now is a decade and a half younger than it was a few months ago," Fauci says. "It’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately."

Fauci warned that the virus could still “put them out of action for weeks at a time.

The fact that more younger people are contracting the virus but experiencing milder symptoms has made the pandemic even more dangerous for older folks, says Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. "This is a virus that does not affect all age groups equally," says DeSantis, who's seen Florida's average age drop from 55 to 33 in just over two months. "Just because you’re 21 and you may not have significant symptoms, that does not mean you can’t affect other people -- and I think that’s something that we’re concerned about."

Fauci also said that the resurgence of cases in the U.S. is an extension of the outbreak first reported earlier this year, not a second wave. 

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