Hospitalizations of the young surpass those of the old

More Michiganders under age 40 are being hospitalized for COVID than those over age 80.

During most of the COVID-19 pandemic, older Michiganders were much more likely to suffer the worst effects of the disease – including hospitalization. For the first time, that weight is coming down much harder on younger residents.

Last week, the state was averaging more hospital patients with COVID-19 under the age of 40 than patients over the age of 80. The data from Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services showed that hospitals were treating an average of 78 coronavirus patients under age 40 per day, compared to 50 patients per day in the older age group.

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The reason is without doubt: Vaccines.

The state’s early vaccination efforts were focused heavily on older Michiganders – the group most likely to be affected the most by the virus. That’s left younger residents to bear the brunt of the spring surge of the coronavirus.

“It’s like, you take what we were seeing before and shift it down by one or two decades,” said Dr. Joel Fishbain, an infectious disease specialist at Beaumont Hospital in an interview with MLive. “We’ve got 20-year-olds who are getting admitted, and 30-year-olds requiring oxygen, which we never saw before, and needing as much treatment as we can give them. We’ve got 40- and 50-year-olds ending up on ventilators.”

Michigan has also seen a spike in hospitalizations of children and young adults. Death rates have also risen among those age groups.

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