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Letter: The media should not downplay COVID-19’s effects on younger individuals

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Deseret News

The media continues to emphasize, as in your articles, that “the respiratory illness is especially hard on those who are elderly, immunocompromised or who have chronic health conditions. Children are not severely ill with COVID-19, as the resulting illness is called, unless they have an underlying condition, but they can transmit the illness.”

This gives tacit license to those not in the listed categories to think they can do as they please, because it won’t affect them. When you publish this, you ignore that the fastest increasing demographic being hospitalized in many areas is the 20- to 40-year-old demographic. As for children, nobody knows the long-term effects on brain, heart, organs, etc. The parents of children who have developed COVID-19 would strongly differ with the writers’ opinion that children do not get sick.​

​Please stop inadvertently minimizing the effects, known and potential, lest it continue to be considered “like the flu” and “no big thing.”

Michael L. Vermillion 

Loudoun County, Virginia