2021/8/2  
Doctors explain why COVID cases are getting younger (2021/07/21)
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    Doctors explain why COVID cases are getting younger (2021/07/21)

    COVID cases are getting younger, and doctors say it's partly due to pandemic fatigue. According to data released Tuesday, adults aged 20 to 39 accounted for 43% of all local cases detected last week, up from just 15% at the start of the domestic outbreak. One physician says it's because young adults have grown tired of living with the pandemic, and are venturing outside more than most. Another factor is the low inoculation rate among younger adults, who are low on the priority list for vaccines.

    Taiwan has finally brought its COVID epidemic to heel, drastically slowing the spread of the virus. But with the partial easing of restrictions last week, crowds are surging back at local attractions, and facilities like gyms are reopening. Although the daily case counts have gone down, the proportion of young adults has increased.

    Chen Shih-chung (July 20)
    CECC
    The cluster infections from the last two weeks have primarily been family clusters. The age of confirmed cases is going down. Local governments have been asked to promote key COVID guidelines among younger people, and to strengthen safeguards against community transmission.

    The health minister said the ratio of young cases is on the rise. In the first week of the domestic outbreak, 15% of total cases were between 20 and 39 years old. Last week, young adults accounted for 43% of the total.

    Dr. Lee Ping-ing
    NTU Children’s Hospital
    Initially the outbreak in Taiwan was shaped by geography. Venues in Wanhua are frequented by an older clientele, so there was a lower rate of infection among [younger] adults at the beginning. Then the virus entered the community. Young people are more active in the community, and so their infection rate increased.

    Experts weighed in on why cases are trending younger. With summer vacation and pandemic fatigue in full swing, young adults are venturing out more than before, raising their risk of exposure. There’s also the matter of the vaccination rate, which is more than 60% for adults between 65 and 74, and more than 65% for adults 75 and older. Meanwhile, most young adults are still waiting their turn.

    Liu Peng-tzu
    Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital
    Among everybody 65 and older, the vaccination rate is about 70%. It’s not very high yet, not yet above 90%. If young people become infected and come into contact with older relatives at home, they could pass on the virus.

    Doctors say Taiwan’s epidemic is easing, and the Level 3 alert is likely to be lifted on July 26. But they urge the public to stay vigilant against the virus, to prevent another devastating resurgence.
    中文 Chinese  
    微解封後景點湧人潮年輕人確診比例不減反增

    台灣疫情確診數趨緩,距離降級又近了一步,不過近期感染除了以家庭群聚居多,更發現確診者也有年輕化的趨勢。雖然總體感染人數下降,上週20到39歲確診比率卻上升到42%。醫師分析,除了可能年輕人趁微解封出遊、群聚外,現在年輕族群大多還打不到疫苗,也增加染疫風險。

    台灣疫情終於控制下來,確診數緩降,但上週微解封,各地景點都湧現人潮,加上健身房也開放,雖然整體確診人數下降,但年輕人確診比例卻不減反增。

    [[疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中7.20]]
    “這兩週發生的群聚事件,以家庭群聚為主,病例的年齡有下降的趨勢,請各地方政府,應將現階段防治重點,納入青年族群,且加強留意社區傳播的風險”

    陳時中很憂心,因為統計這段期間疫情趨勢,20到39歲的年輕族群,在5/11第19週占確診人數15%,然而到了上週第28週,年輕族群卻擴增到43%,顯示疫情正在年輕化。

    [[台大兒醫小兒感染科醫師李秉穎]]
    “一開始我們認為台灣出現那個疫情的話,主要是因為地緣關係,萬華場所主要是年紀比較大的,所以我們一開始年紀大族群感染比例低,這個病毒進入社區以後,大概就是活動力比較強的年輕人,感染率會提高啦”

    分析確診年輕化原因,由於進入暑假,加上防疫疲勞,年輕人開始出遊,增加接觸風險;另外則是台灣疫苗施打率,在65歲以上老年人超過6成,75歲以上破65%,但年輕人多半還在等待疫苗,欠缺防護力!

    [[新光醫院家醫科醫師柳朋馳]]
    “65歲以上族群,其實我們看起來施打率差不多七成左右,還沒到非常高九成以上,如果年輕人感染回去,跟家裡長者接觸,就有可能會把病毒帶回去”

    提醒民眾,台灣疫情穩定,距離726降級只差臨門一腳,最後一週可千萬別因鬆懈,而前功盡棄。
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