COVID-19 Facts

If I Catch It, Will I Get Seriously Ill?

The elderly and those with underlying medical conditions are most at risk for developing serious complications from the virus. But more and more young, healthy people are also falling critically ill.

The World Health Organization Director-General said in a press conference: “Although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared. Data from many countries clearly shows that people under 50 make up a significant portion of patients requiring hospitalization. Today, I have a message for young people: this virus could put you in the hospital for weeks or even kill you.”

Although still uncommon, doctors have seen an uptick in people under age 50 having strokes related to COVID-19. If you have weakness, dizziness, numbness, or difficulty speaking, contact your health care provider immediately as a timely medical response to stroke is crucial.

The WHO reports that young children and adolescents under 18 years old are at a much lower risk of becoming seriously sick from COVID-19, although they can spread it. A small number of school-aged children have suffered multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) caused by COVID-19. Contact your pediatrician if your child has:

  • Fever lasting more than 24 hours
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Rash or changes in skin color
  • Trouble breathing
  • Your child seems confused or overly sleepy

Source  CDC; WHO; WHO; WHO; Forbes; HC