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Infectious Diseases Expert Cautions People Of All Ages To Take COVID-19 Seriously

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Florida saw daily increases of at least 1,000 new coronavirus cases on most days last week. On Monday, the state's Health Department reported 77,326 positive cases including Florida residents and non-residents.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said that’s a result of more people getting tested in the 25-to-45 age range, as well as testing of agriculture workers, for instance. At a June 12 press conference, DeSantis downplayed the side effects that people 25-to-45 year olds face from a coronavirus infection.

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"The clinical consequences of them testing positive is usually very, very modest because they're not in the high-risk groups," he said.

But COVID-19 is a serious disease for people of all ages, says Dr. Aileen Marty, a professor at Florida International University and an infectious diseases specialist.

 

It’s true, she adds, that the risks increase the older one is but, "those among us who are fortunate enough not to have such serious disease that they need to be hospitalized are still a source of infection for more susceptible members of the population."

 

That’s why wearing masks and keeping distance from others remains vital.