Corona disease on the rise under the age of 25

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Corona virus is increasingly becoming a problem for children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 25, according to recent figures from AGES.

Figures from the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) for calendar week eleven (March 15-21) show that nearly 30 percent of the total 21,880 people infected with coronavirus last week were under the age of 25.

About 30 percent of those newly infected not yet 25 years old
Meanwhile, 15- to 24-year-olds and five- to 14-year-olds also have by far the highest seven-day incidences of any age group. For adolescents and young adults, this is 338.0 per 100,000 population aged 15 to 24, and for children, 320.8 per 100,000 population aged five to 14. Even infants aged five and under, meanwhile, hold at a seven-day incidence of 103.9.

In percentage terms, 15- to 24-year-olds accounted for 15.3 percent of all infections in the previous week, which was 3,230 cases in absolute terms. Five- to 14-year-olds accounted for 11.5 percent, or 2,440 cases, and those under five accounted for 2.6 percent, or 543 cases.

Fewer infections among seniors
In contrast, the proportion of total infections among the elderly is declining significantly, likely due to greater awareness among seniors in addition to higher vaccination rates and safety measures in nursing homes and homes for the elderly.

Those aged 65 and older accounted for only 10.3 percent of all infections in the previous week: 5.4 percent, or 1,136 cases, occurred among those aged 65 to 74, 3.5 percent, or 746 cases, among those aged 75 to 84, and 1.4 percent, or 304 cases, among those aged 85 and older.

The average age of those infected in the previous week was 38.4 years. At the beginning of the year, the average was 46.7 years, and in mid-April of last year it was as high as 56.7.

— sources: ages.at/APA and vienna.at/picture: pixabay.com

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