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What’s the risk of COVID-19 for a healthy young person?

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, on the risks COVID-19 poses to young people. 

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The first person diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Jersey was a 32-year-old man who had been admitted to the hospital.

In a video posted to Twitter over the weekend, the patient explained that he’d had no underlying medical conditions that would make him susceptible to severe illness, yet the new coronavirus was making him sicker and sicker. He spoke from a hospital bed where he had been hooked up to tubes helping him breathe.

The video, which has been viewed more than 440,000 times, raised concerns that young people may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 than health experts had been letting on.

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