[Newsphopick=Gyubin Lee] The major thrust of new coronavirus cases in the United States is in the South and West, where officials say more young people are ignoring social distancing measures and testing positive. Young people are more likely to have milder outcomes from coronavirus, but they can still infect others who are more at risk.
"With younger age of recent infections in at least some places such as Florida, expect a lower death rate in this wave ... until the 20-40-year-olds who are infected today go on to infect others," Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said on Twitter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told Axios that the recent high number of cases in young people is "not surprising." Like Frieden, he warned of what's to come. "They get infected first, then they come home, and then they infect the older people. The older people get the complications, and then they go to the hospitals," Fauci said. "The death rate always lags several weeks behind the infection rate."
The focus on young coronavirus-positive patients comes as nearly half of the states are reporting a rise in new positive cases and some continue to break records in their daily reported cases.
The increases highlight America's systemic failure to control the pandemic, a sharp contrast to its trajectory in Europe and Asia. There, coronavirus cases sharply increased in early 2020, were met with fierce efforts to stop its spread, and have since rapidly declined. In the US, the first wave of coronavirus still isn't over. In fact, cases took just a small dip and are now increasing months after the pandemic hit American shores.