Young people, the focus of contagion

Antonio is a fictitious name, which I choose at random, to represent the hundreds of people who have had the same thing. But let's say that Antonio is a patient who comes to the emergency room with fatigue, cough and fever. His difficulty in breathing and oxygenate the blood forces the doctors who treat him to admit him. He cannot believe it, at 60 he has strictly followed all the recommendations and preventive measures to avoid being infected by COVID. Mask, social distance, teleworking, etc. All this has allowed him not to get sick during these months.

What has gone wrong now? A few days later the enigma is solved. A teenage nephew, who had visited him a week before, he begins to have some cough and a low-grade fever. In his health center they carry out the PCR, resulting positive for coronavirus infection. During the family visit they had kissed and hugged.

The teenager acknowledged having been in bottles on the beach, with dozens of people, without any measure of protection or social distance. At the moment Antonio is in the ICU, fighting for his life. He is intubated, with assisted ventilation. He has a chest tube tucked between his ribs to draw air out of the pleura, since his lung has ruptured. His nephew recovers at home with almost no symptoms.

A common phenomenon is occurring in Europe. Both in Spain and in France, Germany or the United Kingdom. Many of the outbreaks of new infections, which they are occurring in this second wave of COVID, they have their epicenter in young people. We do not stop watching videos of uncontrolled meetings in discos, beaches, bottles in parks, polygons or even parties in private homes with hundreds of young people without any preventive measures. It seems that they develop a milder illness when they get sick from the coronavirus and many times pass the infection practically asymptomatically.

Contagion, by contact

The problem is that while they pass that infection without realizing it, they can have a great contagion capacity, Being able to transmit the disease to dozens of people, within which may be their grandparents, parents, uncles, or other people who are older and therefore more likely to develop a serious disease or even die. It is not possible to generalize with all young people, but what leads some of them to carry out antisocial behavior? Does it matter to them that they take away half of their family for not maintaining the minimum security measures?

The responsibility is everyone's. What kind of education are we giving our young people in Spain and in Europe? What kinds of TV shows do they watch? Is wanting to be an influencer or a footballer instead of an engineer or a doctor the best thing for society?

We must not generalize. Hospitals are full of young people: resident doctors, nurses, etc. That they are very responsible and that it is impossible to see without a perfectly placed mask. When you see danger up close, it is much easier to do the right thing. In addition, with the passing of the months, it is being seen that a significant percentage of young people develop a disease that is not so mild and that may require hospital admission. Up to 10% of cases, or even in the ICU, with some unfortunate death. We all know cases that have come out in the media.

Youth awareness

In the Community of Madrid, an awareness campaign has been launched for young people with a video that has gone viral that ends with the image of a crematorium oven. Also some hospitals and associations are doing something similar on a small scale.

Wouldn't the government have to a similar large-scale ad campaign? They do it with traffic accidents and kill fewer people than the coronavirus. In our neighboring country, France, they are considering the same, with an emphasis on the Internet and social networks. Anyone who has a teenager around knows that it is difficult to take their eyes off the mobile phone or the PlayStation.

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