West Bengal Men Between 16 to 45 Years Worst Hit by COVID-19 After Unlock: Survey
The common understanding of the novel coronavirus pandemic is that the virus is life-threatening for those over 60 years of age. However, a new survey by the West Bengal government shows that after the end of the lockdown, the pandemic has engulfed people aged between 16 and 45 years. The state Health Department has claimed this after studying 18, 541 infected people.
According to this survey, after the lockdown was lifted, 56.5 percent of people between the ages of 16 and 45 years were infected by COVID-19. Of these, 29.3 percent of patients were those who were between 16 and 30 years of age. Similarly, 27.2 percent of patients were between 31 and 45 years old, while only 12.9 percent of people between the age of 46 and 60 years were affected by the Wuhan-originated virus. The survey also revealed that only 3.7 percent of people under 16 years of age became coronavirus positive and the number of people over 75 years of age was just 3.2 percent. That is, this survey rejects the claim that the risk of corona in young people is slightly less.
Out of the 18, 541 infected in the survey, more than 75 percent of the cases were from the capital Kolkata, while some patients are from North 24 Parganas, Howrah, South 24 Parganas, and Hooghly. According to West Bengal virologist Dr. Suman Poddar, people between 16 and 45 years old have been affected the most since the onset of the coronavirus infection. He also said that Indians generally do not work after 60 years, so people of this age group were not compelled to move out of the house and they were not extremely vulnerable to the virus.
The survey also said that after the end of the lockdown, COVID-19 cases have increased in Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, South 24 Parganas, and Hooghly districts. The reason behind being that working people come here from other districts and all of them are between 16 and 60 years of age. Statistics show that a total of 58,718 people have been infected with the virus in West Bengal so far, while 1372 people have also died and 37,751 people have recovered.