Young people have the fastest COVID-19 infection rate

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Dr. Hoa Nguyen (PNC file photo)

The infection rate for the island is now at 10.7 percent, according to Dr. Felix Cabrera of the Physicians Advisory Group. Among the factors in the double-digit infection rate are those individuals, mostly young people, who are out and about in the community unknowingly spreading COVID-19.

Public Health Coordinator Janela Carrera states that among the 1560 cases reported yesterday, we have symptom information for 1,383 cases, some 64.6 percent are symptomatic and 35.4 percent are asymptomatic.

Dr. Hoa Nguyen, who heads the Governor’s Physicians Advisory Group, told PNC that a number of asymptomatic cases fall under a particular age group — a shift Dr. Janna Manglona of Public Health has also seen.

“Initially, we thought that there wasn’t as much transmission in the younger groups and we’ve seen that change now,” the doctor said.

He added: “If you look at the data, the fastest group that’s having an increase in COVID-19 are 20 to 40 years old and some of them now are in the teens and that’s the group that’s likely to have very little symptom or no symptom at all, but have the virus.”

Dr. Nguyen shares that while the elderly in the 45-plus age group are doing their part staying home, this 20 to 40 age group are those traveling out and about in the community.

Dr. Janna Manglona agrees.

“I think it’s a combination of the elderly trying to do what they’re supposed to and I think, largely based on some of who I spoke to who contracted the virus, it is the young people who brought it to the home. And that’s how the elderly got it,” Manglona said.

Not feeling sick or being asymptomatic is a challenge because doctors must now convince the patient that they can still spread the infection if they don’t isolate.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.