States are reopening and young people are going out again. Epidemiologist Natalie Dean calls this scenario “not a good one,” since those people could also spread the virus to high-risk individuals through their workplaces. Additionally, we still don’t know the long-term effects of COVID-19 on young, otherwise healthy people who make a full recovery. Scientists aren’t sure why some people remain sick for months or experience chronic damage to the lungs or other organs.
The median age of people who tested positive was 52, as of April 26, 2020. That number continues to drop for the seventh consecutive week down to 35 on June 14, 2020.