COVID-19 cases are on the rise among young adults, but health experts aren’t sure why

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Date Published: June 9, 2020

Source: The Globe and Mail

According to public health experts, people in their 20s are contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in Ontario, but it remains unclear whether they are getting infected themselves. In Toronto and Hamilton, the number of people in their 20s testing positive has increased in the last few weeks compared to older groups; the city of Hamilton is also planning a social-media campaign to inform young people about COVID-19. On June 7th in Ontario, people in their 20s accounted for almost a third of new COVID-19 cases, compared with 12.6% in late April. Young people may have made up a large proportion of COVID-19 cases throughout the pandemic, but because of Ontario’s testing criteria, which changed only recently, it is possible that many cases of people in their 20s may not have been detected, especially if they only had mild symptoms. In Ontario, 21.5% of COVID-19 cases are from community transmission, meaning that the infected persons don’t know where they got the virus.

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Summary by: Christina Blagojevic