Covid-19: 1 in 4 young people in SP take risks and continue to leave

Covid-19: 1 in 4 young people in SP take risks and continue to leave
Covid-19: 1 in 4 young people in SP take risks and continue to leave

One in four young people from São Paulo admits that he assumes that he continues to leave home during the pandemic for non-essential activities, like playing sports or having social gatherings, says a survey conducted by Vocational Social Education, non-profit institution. These 15- to 24-year-olds know about the risks they are taking: 97% of them said they are informed about the coronavirus.

Covid-19: 1 in 4 young people in SP take risks and continue to leave
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According to a report, made with young apprentices from 18 Brazilian states over the past year, they are more concerned with losing a family member, that their parents will lose their income or not have money to buy food or medicine than with dying. This may be the result of the false idea that the symptoms of the disease are mild in those who are younger.

It is important to remember that adolescents and adults can also have severe illness and, currently, they are not safer than the older population. According to the Government of São Paulo, 60% of people hospitalized with Covid-19 are between 30 and 50 years old. Unlike the beginning of the pandemic, the profile of patients tends to be younger and younger.

  • The increase in cases among young people may be the result of the association of new strains of the virus with the behavior adopted by the younger population during the end of the year and the carnival. While the overall increase in cases has been 316.68% since the beginning of the year,
was from 500% in young adult age groups, according to the Fiocruz bulletin. The report advocates the “vaccination of the majority of the population, in combination with the adoption of prolonged non-pharmacological measures, involving physical and social distance, the use of masks and hand hygiene and lockdown” to fight the pandemic.

If possible, stay at home. If you need to go out to perform essential activities, wear a mask and maintain social distance. All of these measures will collaborate for your protection and the one you love.

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