COVID-19 cases spike in younger people as new variants detected


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Hospitals across the U.S. are seeing cases of COVID-19 in younger people spike as new variants of the original virus, like the UK B.1.1.7 strain, are being detected and are proving to be more potent.

Even though some young people are asymptomatic when infected by the virus, being a carrier of it is cause for concern for the people around them.

“If we can at least get the teachers vaccinated, and the adults around them, maybe we can protect them a little better. At least protect the grandparents, the parents and all the folks that would be higher risk,” said Dr. Nancy Pook, an emergency physician at Kettering Health Network.

Currently, a vaccine has not been approved for use in people under 16, which Pook believes we may not see for awhile.

“This is a concern. The younger people are definitely getting sick,” said Pook. “We are waiting and I think that’s still several weeks or even months out before it can be developed to go further.”

Jesy Anderson’s step daughter is 14, and is ready to receive her vaccine.

“She kinda feels the same way all of us do, so we can kinda move on and get back to some kind of normal,” said Anderson.

Anderson has already received both Moderna vaccines, and wants to make sure her step daughter is safe too.

“She really wants to get back to being with her friends. She’s nervous because she doesn’t really like needles, but she does understand this is one that’s kinda up heeled her whole life for a year. If she can do something to get kinda back to normal again, she wants to,” said Anderson.

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