Last week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a series of fact sheets aimed at young adults to educate them on what they can do to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe from the coronavirus.
It is no surprise that attention is shifting to younger people. As of this week, more than 50 percent of cases of COVID-19 are being reported in people 41 years of age and younger.
Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer issued a statement on July 20th, saying: “Right now, young adults are being hospitalized at a rate not seen before. No matter how young you are, you are vulnerable to this virus. I urge everyone to take collective responsibility — stay physically apart from people you don’t live with, properly wear a face covering when you are outside your home, but stay home as much as possible.”
Many people are confused. When COVID-19 hit in late February, early March, it was more likely that elderly people had serious and critical cases. That’s changed.
The surge in cases in young people began in June as some of our businesses were allowed to reopen. Health officials believe that young people saw this as a sign to go back to normal activities, including socializing in bars and restaurants and in groups. Some who contracted the virus had returned to their jobs.
Although officials have closed down some businesses, including bars, indoor restaurants, malls and other retailers, it’s possible more will need to be done to slow the spread of the virus.
What can people - including young people -- do to slow the spread of the virus?
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
The recommended distance is 6 feet apart from others when you are outside your own home.
WEAR A FACE COVERING
Starting May 14th, it became mandatory to wear a mask in public places. DO IT. This is to protect you from people who are affected and to protect those you care about in case you are infected. Remember, many people with the coronavirus do not show symptoms, but can pass it on to others.
● If you visit any retail business, including those that are open only for curbside or door side pickup
● If you exercise in your neighborhood or are on a trail, golf course or beach (where you must wear a face covering if you are out of the water and people are nearby)
● If you ride on L.A. Department of Transportation transit buses, Metro buses or trains, or travel through Los Angeles International Airport
● The guidelines on face coverings exempt children under 2 and people with certain disabilities.
Your cloth face covering should:
✔️ Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils
✔️ Fit snugly against the sides of the face
✔️ Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through
✔️ Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape
WASH YOUR HANDS
Be sure to wash your hands often and don’t touch your face. All viruses can be spread by touching your nose, mouth and eyes. Use alcohol-based sanitizer if you can’t get to soap and water.
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS
This is the hard one to remember. Sure, everyone wants to go to the beach and see a movie and throw a party. But we need to be careful, cautious and considerate. The more vigilant we are now, the more we can enjoy those things later!
Remember: We are in this together and we will get through this together too. Wash your hands, wear a mask and practice physical distancing.