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Why young people are not safe from Covid-19 — Dr. Wen explains

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen explains why cases among young people are rising and what precautions we all still need to take and why.

First is the fact that older people are increasingly vaccinated and therefore very well-protected against Covid-19.

That the proportion of those getting hospitalized is shifting more toward young people is expected, and in fact, demonstrates that vaccinations are working.

Another likely reason for why more young people are getting infected is the B. 1. 1. 7 variant.

CNN: If it's younger age groups who are getting infected, should we be prioritizing them for vaccination?

Wen: Initially, it made sense to prioritize vaccinations for those who are older and with chronic illnesses — these are the people most likely to become severely ill.

The B. 1. 1. 7 variant spreads through the respiratory route, just like the wild-type, or common, strains, so please continue to wear masks, keep physical distancing, and avoid indoor gatherings with people who are not in your household.

Try to hold off on gathering with people indoors until after you're vaccinated.

Once you're vaccinated, you can see other fully vaccinated people indoors, but until then, please see people outdoors, with physical distancing.

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