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The young think they’re immune to Covid-19. They’re in for a big shock

ANALYSIS | It’s possible for this to be a ‘disease of the old’ and yet for large numbers of young people still to die

Paul Nuki and Sarah Newey

We were told the virus is most dangerous for the old, but now the young are turning up in critical care. Why?

The news is full of reports of young people taken down by Covid-19. On Sunday an 18-year-old was among a further 48 people who died in the UK. A 36-year-old nurse and mother of three is on a ventilator in a critical condition. And on Monday, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a London doctor and Labour MP, issued an urgent plea to the young to behave responsibly.

“Some of the sickest patients that we have had in this department recently have been young,” she said. “We have patients who are in their 30s and early 40s who are previously fit and well who are now in intensive care and fighting for their lives.”..

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