UPMC Dr. Warns Younger People Could Spread COVID-19

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Most of the people testing positive for the coronavirus are young.

Dr. Donald Yealy, who chairs UPMC’s Department of Emergency Medicine, says COVID-19 may not be fatal in that demographic and they may have mild illness but,

“If they have an infection that they either don’t realize or think its mild the real risk is that they could expose someone else who is most vulnerable,”

Dr. Yealy tells KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing are more important for everyone and not to let up on virus vigilance.

According to data from the Allegheny Health Department, 83 new cases were reported on Monday with those being infected between 9 and 89 with 26 being the median age.

286 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the past three days alone.

Contact tracing shows that a large number of cases came from people in bars who were not wearing masks.

The two hardest hit areas being reported are bars in Oakland and the South Side.

As a result in the increase, Allegheny County Health Department announced bars and restaurants will not be able to sell alcohol for on-site consumption beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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