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Millennials urged to take virus more seriously as pandemic worsens in U.S.

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Millennials urged to take virus more seriously as pandemic worsens in U.S.

Tubers float the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, on June 25. The next day, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott closed some tubing and rafting businesses. (Eric Gay/AP) Mark Escott, Austin’s medical director, said case investigation and contact tracing are challenging because people have been interacting with more people in recent weeks. His team recently learned about a large party in the city’s western suburbs that attracted 300 to 400 high schoolers to a single location. The students were together for hours.

“There is concern about substantial transmission, and there’s an effort now to identify those individuals,” said Escott, who did contact tracing for another cluster of young people who went to Cabo San Lucas for spring break and brought the virus home .

Escott said increasing numbers of young people are ending up in the ICU and on ventilators because so many are infected with the virus. Escott said some young people will be forever changed by the virus, unable to return to a normal life or work.

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“This is a devastating disease, and this is not something you want to take chances with because the impact is just so variable that it’s very hard to predict who’s going to do well and who is not,” he said.

In Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, said nearly half of all coronavirus cases diagnosed after the state reopened in late April have been among people under 35. The vast majority — 70 percent — of cases since reopening have been diagnosed in people under 50. Stitt said the state will not order any businesses to close. More than 12,000 Oklahomans have been diagnosed with […]

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