MILLENNIALS are at a higher risk for contracting the coronavirus than previously thought, a top official on the White House coronavirus task force said.
More millennials in France and Italy – some of whom are now in the ICU – had gotten sick than anticipated because they eschewed warnings about avoiding large gatherings, according to Dr. Deborah Birx.
Part of the problem may have been that initial warnings from global health officials minimized the risk to young people and focused more on the elderly.
"It may have been that the millennial generation, our largest generation, our future generation that will carry us through for the next multiple decades – there may be a disproportional number of infections among that group," Birx said Wednesday at a coronavirus press briefing.
"Even if it's a rare occurrence, it may be seen more frequently in that group and be evident now."
However, she reassured Americans that there haven't been any significant numbers of deaths among younger people, particularly children.
"We have not seen any significant mortality in the children, but we are concerned about the early reports coming out of Italy and France," she said."
"So again…I'm not only calling on you to heed what's in the guidance, but to really ensure that each and every one of your are protecting each other.
"We cannot have these large gatherings that continue to occur throughout the country for people who are off work to then be socializing in large groups and spreading the virus."
Birx urged millennials to avoid large gatherings out of a false sense of security – a warning that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has stressed repeatedly as the outbreak continues.
Trump himself has cautioned Americans from gathering in large places, saying: "We don't want them gathering, and I see they do gather, including on beaches and at restaurants, young people. They don't realize, and they're feeling invincible."
Hundreds of spring breakers were seen lounging on the beach and partying on Monday in Florida amid repeated warnings about avoiding groups of 10 or more from the CDC and the president.
But the fun is over for college kids who aren't taking the virus seriously – Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a sweeping social distancing plan Wednesday to prevent COVID-19 from spreading more rapidly.
Six people in Florida have died from coronavirus and nearly 200 have contracted it, prompting the governor's orders.
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