Virus hitting younger population hardest

By MyVue Staff Reporter

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Thursday, 7th October, 2021, (MyVue the Coronavirus pandemic took hold in 2020, it was widely believed that black people and children were not at immediate risk.

At the time, however, very little was known about this new and deadly menace that eventually swept through the entire globe.

Today, in 2021, the reverse has occurred and it is the younger generation that now seems to be at greater risk of being infected, including here in St. Kitts & Nevis.

“No age group is immune from COVID-19 deaths,” said a top medical expert in St. Kitts and Nevis, earlier this week.

The statistics seem to support that view, shared by the Medical Chief of Staff at the country’s main hospital, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson.

He said that the virus is continuing to affect mainly young persons, who represent 17.3% of cases.

“The majority of persons being affected are young persons, between the ages 20-29 years old,” said the Chief of Staff.

However, he added that most patients who are positive are between 20-40 years old and these are the persons who are most active in society.

The data also shows the breakdown of cases by age:

  • 11.3% between 0-9 years old
  • 13.2% between 10-19 years old
  • 17.3% between 20-29 years old
  • 16.1% between 30-39 years old
  • 11.8% between 40-49 years old
  • 6.8% between 50-59 years old
  • 6.8% 60 years and older

Perhaps this is why the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health have launched an aggressive campaign targeting children between 12-17 years old.

As of Wednesday, 6th October, 2021,9.2% of targeted children received their first dose while 4.1% their second jab.

When it comes to deaths, the numbers are also rising amongst the younger population but the elderly remains the top group dying, partly because of their co-morbidities.

Deaths by age group:

62.5% 60 years and older

31.5% between 40-59 years old

6.25% between 30-39 years old

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