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Yes, you’re right about who you think is driving new cases of COVID-19

A new American report out today confirms what your eyes have been telling you: For the last few months, probably from at least the summer of 2020 on, the resurgence of COVID-19 was largely driven by adults between the ages of 20 and 49 (although this is a report from the US and A, it fits very nicely what’s happening all over the world).

And it’s easy to see why.

Older people, who are much more at risk of serious complications than younger ones, have largely taken on the task of trying to stay un-infected.

This is true not just for seniors but also for people who have entered middle-age, and who are scared about the prospects of an illness with very many potential unintended consequences (the same people who buy life insurance are the same people who worry about their health).

Younger people, however, as has always been the case ever since Cain and Abel, tend to feel far less vulnerable and tend to want to “do” things in crowds way more, and hence tend to take far more risks with their health – with everything, in fact – than the seniors and mid-agers around them.

As the report’s authors put it much more gently, “[A]dults aged 20-49 naturally have most contacts to other adults aged 20 and above” and they “are both more susceptible and more mobile than younger age groups.”

That will never change, I’m afraid, so it’s just one more thing health authorities have to take into account when figuring out how to best deal with this pandemic.

Which is why a one-message-fits-all approach, the one they’ve been using over and over and over again, will just never work.