B.C.’s demographic makeup of those contracting COVID-19 is changing — infecting younger people than at the height of the pandemic — as the second wave drags on across the country.
That’s according to the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control COVID-19 situation report, released weekly, which shows a breakdown of various aspects of how the infection is taking hold in the province.
The report shows that while overall hospitalizations have fallen in the past few weeks, the number of young people battling the virus in hospital has increased.
In the week of Jan. 3 to Jan. 9, two children from birth to age 10 were admitted to intensive-care units due to COVID-19. Three youths between the ages of 10 and 19 were also admitted to intensive-care units. In the same time period, 36 children under the age of 10 were hospitalized, as well as 31 more between 10 and 19 years of age.
Meanwhile, adults ages 20 to 39 compose a disproportionate percentage of COVID-19 cases — 41 per cent of all cases, but 28 per cent of the population, the report shows. Of those infected with the respiratory disease, 285 landed in hospital, a further 62 in intensive care.
The increase in cases among young people has had an impact on the median age for reported cases, dropping from 56 in the first wave to 37 as of Jan. 9.
No deaths of anyone under the age of 30 have been reported in B.C. since the novel coronavirus arrived in the province almost a year ago. Four people ages 30 to 39 have died, while 90 per cent of the 1,078 COVID-19 deaths as of Jan. 18 have involved those 70 and older — many connected to long-term care homes.
Roughly 65 per cent of total deaths occurred in November and December.