As coronavirus spreads to people under 40, it's making them sicker. And for longer than once thought

For the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, health and government officials assured the public that young people were at little or no risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19. But many young people who have contracted the virus tell a very different story.

“For younger people who think they don’t need to worry and who haven’t followed guidelines, think again,” Jade Townsend, 22, told in a Facebook message. “It’s had a major impact on my life these past few months and continues to have an impact.”

Now 15 weeks into her battle with the disease caused by the coronavirus, she’s far from back to normal.“I’m still suffering with chest pain, cough, extreme body aches and tiredness and slight tummy pains, ulcers and some days sore throat and I still can’t go far without getting short of breath and some days I don’t have much of an appetite.”

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