Based on studies and confirmed number of cases, the current coronavirus pandemic hits old and elderly people the hardest. But why are young people dying as well? Per scientists, it might be due to genes or “viral load.” Might be.
Young And Old
The coronavirus pandemic taking the lives of young people remains as one of the biggest puzzles that we have concerning this global emergency health crisis. Usually, the COVID-19 disease causes problems only in older and elderly people or those that are already suffering from an underlying health problem, more so if both. However, every now and then, a child or younger person falls victim to the coronavirus, including fit medical staff that has been exposed to it via their patients.
There are, of course, cases where it’s later revealed that the patient has been suffering from some unknown health problem. For the most part, however, no such explanations are available.
As such, a number of theories have been proposed, with the most prominent one suggesting that some people unfortunately just have genetic makeup that leaves them vulnerable to the virus as it spreads through their bodies. This idea has since been favored by virologist Michael Skinner at Imperial College London.
“It is very possible that some of us could have a particular genetic makeup that makes it more likely that we will respond badly to an infection with this coronavirus. It could be that we are seeing a similar sort of susceptibility in some individuals who get Covid-19, and that leads them to suffer more acutely from serious side-effects,” he explained.
There are some, of course, that provide a different proposition, saying that it has to do with the amount of virus that has infected a person, which is a factor that supposedly plays a crucial part in determining what the outcome will be. As such, these people are supposedly infected by a large viral load.
“A person with a high viral load has more virus particles than one with a low load. We do not yet know what impact viral load has on the symptoms of a person infected with Covid-19. Whether there is a link between a high viral load and worse outcomes are going to be important to find out,” virologist Alison Sinclair at Sussex University said.