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High-risk behaviors among millennials explain the surge




THE HIGH-RISK behaviors among millennials were blamed for the surge of infection of COVID-19 in Davao City.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, Davao City COVID-19 Task Force focal person, in an interview with the City Information Office (CIO) on Wednesday, June 22, said: “We all know millennials. These are population with high-risk behaviors. Eto yung mahilig mag socialize, mag get together in social gatherings (They love to socialize and get together). Since they are also part of the working group, they go out to socialize and interact. They are likely highly to get infected.”

Millennials are aged 24 to 40 years old. 

Dr. Ashley Lopez, acting head of the City Health Office, said in his presentation during the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force meeting on June 21, showed that of the total 21,453 cases as of June 19, 2021, a total of 13,394 or about 62 percent infected were in the 20-29, 30-39, and 40-49 age groups.

The 20-29 bracket, however, topped the list with the most COVID-19 infections with a total of 5,721 confirmed positive cases followed by the 30-39 group with 4,584 cases.

In third came the 40-49 bracket with 2,989 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.

Rounding up the list with the most number of COVID-19 positive cases were the 50-59 (2,557); 10-19 (1,863); 60-69 (1,704); 0-9 (1,024); 70-79 (671); 80-89 (207); 90-99 (23); undisclosed (nine); and above 99 (one).

However, Schlosser said the recovery rate is high among millennials.

“Very high naman tayo sa age-group na ganito. In general naman, mataas recovery rate natin (We have high recovery rate in these age-groups of millennials. We have high recovery rate in general). We have a lot of asymptomatic,” she said.

While the age groups of millennials also recorded 159 of the 829 deaths as of June 19. The 60-69 bracket topped the most number of fatalities with 235; followed by the 70-79 bracket with 169, 80-80 with 54, 10-19 with 12, 0-9 with 11, and 90-99 with seven.

Dr. Schlosser also said mortality is high among seniors due to their comorbidities such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and immuno-compromised. She added, “Yan binabantayan natin (We have been closely monitoring them).”

Of the city’s 4,563 COVID-19 active cases as of June 19, 4,100 are asymptomatic, 338 mild, 116 severe, and nine critical. The city logged 74.87 percent recovery rate after 16,061 patients have recovered from the total confirmed cases of 21,453, and 3.75 percent death rate with 829, since March 2020.

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