Many countries have chosen to ease the strict coronary restrictions, and this has led to greater contact between people. At the same time, the age group for newly confirmed cases of coronary infection is getting younger.
The trend is particularly visible in Florida, Texas and Arizona in the United States. There, there has been a large increase in the incidence of infection among people under 40 after the states chose to reopen society. In addition, Portugal and Israel have experienced a significant increase among infected young people.
According to The Guardian Experts believe the increase is due to the “other wave behavior” mentions, where younger age groups, who consider themselves less susceptible to serious illness, are more careless.
That young people have a more relaxed attitude to distance restrictions and social contact can be decisive for new coronavirus waves.
“It is dangerous that positive development encourages people to change attitudes to the pandemic, such as the threat being taken less seriously or thinking that the pandemic is over,” said Benjamin Wakefield, a researcher at Chatham House’s global health program.
– This attitude change is already visible among people who do not keep distance in parks, beaches and at parties, Wakefield told The Guardian.
In Florida, for example, young people between the ages of 15 and 35 make up 31 percent of coronary infections, which is a 25 percent increase from the beginning of June, writes news agency AP. Last week, 8,000 new cases of infection were confirmed in the age group, compared to 2000 among people aged 55 to 64.
In Norway, too, the authorities have stated that they are concerned that it seems that people have become more relaxed about the corona virus. Large crowds broke the distance rules during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and people are close to the beaches on the hottest summer days.
Deputy Director of Health Espen Nakstad recalled that we must continue to keep our distance, and Erna Solberg has said it is too early to print a health message for the pandemic.
According to The Guardian Some of the increase in infection among young people can be explained by the increasing number of people being tested for the coronavirus. However, several experts believe that it can be linked to the older age groups taking the pandemic more seriously and following the restrictions than young people.
May infect the risk group
– Young people are more exposed to risk. The virus has not changed, it is we who have changed how we behave, says Ali Mokdad, professor of health data at Washington University, to AP.
Although young people under 40 do not belong to the risk group, they can also become seriously ill and die from the virus. Last week, for example, two 17-year-olds in Florida died of the virus.
In addition, the authorities worry that a boom among young people can easily spread to the elderly who are at risk.
– People between 18 and 50 don’t live in a bubble. They are children and grandchildren of vulnerable people. They stand next to you at a wedding. They might serve you a meal at a restaurant, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said AP.
Most young people infected in Oslo
In Norway, 8832 cases of coronary infection have been registered in Norway night to Saturday, figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health show. This is an increase of 17 cases last day. The last two days have seen an increase of 39 cases.
In Oslo, 2863 have been confirmed to be infected and the age group between 30 and 39 years has the most cases of infection. The group of people between the ages of 20 and 29 has the second most confirmed cases of infection, shows Oslo municipality’s corona overview.
– We do not think there is a large spread of covid-19 in younger age groups in Norway, although there are more young people who are now diagnosed with infection than before. It is too early to say that there is an increase in the number of cases with the opening of the community, but Fhi is following the situation closely, says Helena Niemi Eide at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
The median age has gone down in recent weeks. The public health institute believes the increase is due to increased testing of people with mild symptoms, as well as some close contacts that are tested even if they have no symptoms.
On the other hand, most people in the age group 50 to 59 are infected, the Institute of Public Health shows.
Vulnerable to new outbreaks
The Institute of Public Health has not seen a general increase in the number of cases of infection after the society began the gradual increase in late April.
– At the same time, we know that very few people have undergone the infection in Norway, so as long as there are cases of covid-19 in Norway, we are vulnerable to new outbreaks or flare-ups of infection, says Niemi Eide.
She therefore points out that it is important that people continue to uphold the infection control rules.
– It is therefore important that people maintain distance, good hand hygiene and that they stay home when they are ill, even in the months to come, she says.
In total, 249 have died as a result of the disease in Norway.