- Although the elderly are at higher risk of serious illness and death due to COVID-19, the virus is killing young Americans in record numbers.
- Between March 1 and July 31, Americans between the ages of 25 and 44 died 12,000 more than generally expected. About 40% of deaths are directly attributable to COVID-19.
- The 21-year-old son of two families died of COVID-19, describing the speed and severity of the young people’s illness.
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Anna Boyer-Killion is holding her son Bryant when she stops breathing.
The 21-year-old awakened his family at his home in Champaign, Illinois, late at night on December 1
Boyer-Killion told Business Insider: “He wrapped his arms around me and died in my arms.”
Boyer had previously been hospitalized with chronic asthma, but the coronavirus made his condition worse. His mother started CPR after dialing 911, and EMT was able to take Kobe to the hospital. But he was pronounced dead there on December 21.
Sarah Boyer, Bryant’s aunt, said: “He has been able to recover, but the situation is different.”
Last year, Kobe was not the only young American who died of COVID-19.
A December study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that among Americans aged 25 to 44 between March and July, almost 40% of additional deaths were caused by COVID-19. In these five months, the number of deaths in this age group was nearly 12,000 more than expected by historical data. Of these, 4,535 deaths were directly caused by COVID-19.
In the past few months alone, six children in Northridge, California, lost their 30-year-old mother to COVID-19. A 33-year-old mother in Detroit died a few days after giving birth to a son she had never held. After 84 days in the hospital, a 28-year-old father (two persons) died. After a 34-year-old wife contracted the coronavirus in the hospital and gave birth to a daughter, her husband died.
Most of these young people do not have the previous illnesses of Kobe. It is becoming increasingly clear that being young does not mean that you are immune to the worst effects of the virus.
“Let him down”
Kevin Lyster works as a police officer at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School District. When he tested positive for COVID-19, his son Cody went home from the University of Colorado Mesa University on vacation. Kevin was quarantined at their home in Aurora, but soon afterward, Cody coughed 104 degrees.
Cody was taken to the hospital on March 30. This was the last time his parents and sister saw him alive in person.
Kevin said: “He is a very healthy 21-year-old college athlete who has done everything he should be healthy, which disappointed him.”
Cody, who had participated in a baseball game, died on a ventilator in the ICU on April 8. His parents communicated with their son for the last time through a Facebook Live stream, which was kept in Lyster’s bed by a nurse.
His father said: “We can see Cody and tell him we are considering him.” “And we hardly know that he will pass in a few hours.”
At that time, Cody was in a medical coma.
Kevin said: “They said he couldn’t hear us, but he added, “I tend to disagree, I think he heard everything we said.
Young people are dying faster than average
CDC data shows that people 65 years of age or older are 90 times more likely to die from the coronavirus than people aged 20 to 29. From May to August, 78% of coronavirus deaths in the United States were for people over 65.
But this kind of narrative has almost become common sense, but it hides another fact: COVID-19 has been hospitalized and killed an unprecedented young American.
“My son proved it,” Kevin Lester said.
A September study found that from April to June alone, more than 3,300 Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 were hospitalized for COVID-19, and 21% of them required intensive care. About 3% died.
The lead author of the December study, doctor Jeremy Faust at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, found that only in July (for people aged 25-44, this is a particularly fatal Month), more than 16,000 people died in this demographic. This is 5,000 more than the July average for the past two decades. The weekly mortality rate is nearly 50% higher than the average before July 5.
According to Faust University (Faust), overall in 2020, historical data indicate that approximately 154,000 Americans between the ages of 25 and 44 will die. But the figures calculated by his team showed that by the beginning of December, the death toll had exceeded 165,000. And this does not include the last few weeks of the year.
Faust estimates that once these additional fatal weeks are taken into account, “170,000 is a low estimate, and 175,000 seems to be a very reasonable number.”
He said that most of the young people who died were people of color.
A comparison of the number of deaths per week throughout 2020 also shows a sharp increase. Last year, 2500 to 2900 people in the young age group usually died every week.
Foster said: “This year, since March 14th, we haven’t seen the average weekly number below 3,000. This is crazy.”
He added: “The increase in death toll usually does not affect young, healthy people.” “It’s very unusual to happen.”
Faust’s data undermines the prevailing belief that COVID-19 is relatively harmless to young people.
He said: “We are not revising this information, but revising it.” Faust University believes that young people should also be told that they are also in danger, and that basic workers on the front line need better protection.
So far, Kobe Boyer Qianli died in the deadliest month of the pandemic
December is by far the deadliest month of the pandemic. Last month, more than 65,000 people in the United States died of COVID-19. The surge in hospitalizations and cases in the United States is partly due to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Between December 1 and 31, the number of inpatients jumped from nearly 99,000 to over 125,000, an increase of 27%. During this period, 6 million Americans became ill.
Bryant Boyer-Killion’s aunt said that as the pandemic worsens, it is frustrating to see so many Americans continue to travel and gather.
Boyer said: “It’s hard to see that someone doesn’t seem to boo someone when they are sad.”
Bryant worked as a security guard at the Carle Foundation Hospital where he was born. This put him on the vaccine production line: He was scheduled to shoot on December 22, the day after his death.
Anna Boyer-Killion (Anna Boyer-Killion) said: “You may not care if you can get it, but you can give it to other people who cannot resist. My son is an example.”
Anna believes that Kobe has discovered the coronavirus at work, and hopes that the hospital will check employees more regularly. She said her son knew his job was risky, but “he always stood tall and tried to show me that he had no fear.”
Kobe cares about his work so much that he celebrated his 21st birthday in April, working 12-hour shifts every day. Anna said that he is always so high-pitched: after Kobe’s father John Killion had a work accident in 2015, Kobe began to help take care of his sister Riley.
The tattoo on his arm is “My Sister’s Protector”.
The day after Christmas, Kobe’s family buried him.
Anna said that for a few days after his death, she kept trying not to close her eyes because she would see him dead in her arms.
She said: “He is everything to me.”
Coronavirus is the leading cause of death in the United States
Since November 1, the coronavirus has become the leading cause of death in the United States, surpassing
And cancer, according to recent analysis. On Thursday, more than 4,000 Americans died of COVID-19, which is another record.
But Kevin Lyster said he was not sure if his son’s friend would become invincible. He said that last month, he heard that a friend of Cody wanted to hold a New Year’s Eve party.
Kevin said, “I thought,’Don’t you get any benefit from it?'”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, approximately 366,000 people have died in the United States, although this is almost certainly an underestimate. A forecast estimates that by April 1, the virus could kill more than 200,000 people in the United States.
More than nine months after Cody’s death, his parents and sister Sierra are still struggling with his absence.
Kevin said: “He keeps this house alive.”
Cody helped coach Sierra’s youth softball team. He spent Sunday with the college walking dogs of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society.
Kevin said: “We didn’t know he did this until we got Royce Hirst’s condolence card.” He added, “He was trying to make the world a better place, and no one could recognize it. .”
The holidays exacerbated Lysters’ grief.
Cody is a big fan of Christmas traditions – he and Sierra always exchange the family’s first gifts on Christmas Eve, his mother Lea Ann said. She added that Cody would like to know what his gift is, so the whole family will take extreme measures to keep Cody vigilant, design a treasure hunt and change gift tags.
Li’an said: “He turned Christmas into magic. Don’t waste time with your loved ones.”
She and Kevin make sure that Sierra is still receiving Cody’s gift under the tree this year.