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Young at risk of severe coronavirus with experts ‘very worried’ for uni students

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Troubling data shows young people are contracting the most coronavirus infections in the US, with experts "very worried" for university students.

Official figures have shown 20 to 29-year-olds made up more than 20% of confirmed cases in the US between June and August.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 30 to 39-year-olds made up the second-largest group of cases.

It comes after a study found 21% of 18 to 34-year-olds taken to hospital for Covid-19 needed intensive care.

The findings from more than 3,200 US patients found one in 10 were put on oxygen and nearly 3% died.

Study author Dr Scott Solomon, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said: “We’re seeing a really rising incidence of Covid-19 in young people, and that’s in part due to activity over the summer, and obviously we’re all very worried about this as they come back to colleges.

“It’s unfortunate, but I think that we are likely to see an increased percentage of young people who experience these bad outcomes as the number of infections in this group goes up."

He added: “While the vast majority of young adults who get Covid are not going to require hospitalisation, those who do have really high risk for these adverse outcomes. It is not trivial.

“Young people should not assume that they are immune to the consequences of this disease and they should do everything they can to avoid it."

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It comes amid a growing row over coronavirus lockdowns in British university campuses.

Labour education spokesman Kate Green has urged ministers to either delay the start of term or "pause" the return of students to campuses where courses had not started.

The Department for Education insists it is "working closely with universities to support them to keep staff and students as safe as possible".

But the president of the National Union of Students accused the government of "gambling" with students' lives with thousands now preparing for the new term.

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