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1 in 3 Young Adults Are Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19, Research Finds

The findings were published in the 'Journal of Adolescent Health.'. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, found that smoking played a big part of the COVID-19 cases of young adults. 8,000 people, ages 18 to 25, participated in the National Health Interview Survey. Their medical vulnerabilities were assessed in relation to CDC risk indicators, including health conditions and smoking habits. 32 percent were medically vulnerable for a severe case of coronavirus. But when participants who smoked cigarettes or e-cigarettes were removed from the analysis, it decreased to 16 percent.

Within the entire study, men were more at risk. When looking only at nonsmokers, women were more at risk. Additionally, white young adults had the highest vulnerability, which is "inconsistent with research showing higher rates of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality and other chronic illnesses among racial/ethnic minorities, specific to one age group." This suggests that factors other than the CDC's medical vulnerability criteria play a role in the risk of severe Covid-19 illness in the young adult population, according to study researchers, via CNN.

1 in 3 Young Adults Are Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19, Research Finds

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