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Young adults make up more new COVID-19 cases
Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/24/2020
Sep. 24--TL;DR: A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that young adults are likely contributing to community spread of the virus and passing it on to older adults. But also in recent weeks, the CDC has posted conflicting guidelines, alarming veterans of the public-health community who warn that these reversals could lead the public to mistrust science.
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A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that adults between ages 20 and 29 accounted for the greatest portion of new coronavirus cases -- just over 20% -- this summer. This suggests that young adults are likely contributing to community spread of the virus, and passing it on to older adults, the CDC stated. In this city, experts said they believe college students returning to school have contributed to an uptick in cases. Read more here.
In recent weeks, the CDC has posted conflicting guidelines, alarming veterans of the public-health community who warn that these reversals could lead the public to mistrust science. As one communications expert put it: "How you communicate with the public, how you explain risk, particularly when people are fearful and upset, is as important as the steps to actually curb transmission in the community." Read more here.
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