Think only old people can die from coronavirus? Think again. Expert who led team assessing China’s outbreak says NO ONE is safe from the killer virus

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
By Paul Martin

Elderly people are the most at-risk of developing severe coronavirus
Experts warn young, healthy people are still dying from respiratory infection
More than 200,000 people in around 170 countries have been infected
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

By BRITTANY CHAIN
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 March 2020

Elderly people are the most at-risk of developing severe coronavirus, but experts warn young, healthy people are still dying from the respiratory infection.

Globally, more than 200,000 people in around 170 countries have been infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak began in China in December.

Most of the 8,000 fatalities recorded across the world have been people who are elderly or suffer underlying conditions, and have weakened immune systems.

But Bruce Aylward, who assessed the pandemic in China, said there are an alarming number of young people who have developed complications from the disease.

Dr Aylward, of the World Health Organization, has already warned people as young as 30 were dying from the life-threatening virus.

Meanwhile, an emergency doctor in Belgium has revealed the shocking lung scans of ‘young, healthy people’, which he described as ‘nothing short of terrifying’.

Chinese health officials carried out the biggest ever study on the never-before-seen strain of the virus, using data from 72,000 cases. They found 19 per cent of patients who died were below the age of 60 years.

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