The heartbreaking news of yet another young life taken by the Coronavirus disease reminds us all that no one is invincible, not even the young, fit and healthy.
Young people might not be in the most vulnerable category but could they actually be disproportionately impacted more than the middle aged? We just don’t have the data right now to say either way but there is a school of thought that says that the longer you’ve been on this planet the more your body has had a chance to build up a natural immunity to various other viruses and it could be that, in some cases, this might afford you slightly better protection. Of course this is pure speculation but what we do know is that literally no one is immune and that no one can predict how badly it can impact any given individual, what ever their age or level of physical fitness.
I’m reminded at this point of Li Wenliang, that young Chinese doctor who first blew the whistle on the Coronavirus spreading in China who, shortly after, contracted the disease and died. Li, who was only 34, had reported on social media that he’d got a cough on the 10th January and that by the next day he had a fever. It’s understood that he was hospitalized 2 days later. The ‘People’s Daily’ newspaper then reported that Li had died on the 7th February (i.e. 4 weeks after showing symptoms)
Please remember folks that even if you’re not exhibiting symptoms you can still be carrying and infecting everyone you come into contact with so please don’t go out unless you absolutely have to.