Surges in COVID-19 outbreaks may be preceded by an increase of infections in young adults, according to a US study late last week on transmission dynamics by age-group in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Not only does this add another way to surveil potential spikes, but it adds onus to a population that has been noted to sometimes feel impervious to the worst that COVID-19 can bring—even if that notion is being disproved. A separate MMWR study based on interviews sheds light on why young adults might engage in COVID-19 risk-taking. And a third study shows that infected young adults can have serious disease, with almost 3% of the more than 3,000 patients studied dying.

 

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