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Today we highlight a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about a “dangerous fiction” spreading during the COVID-19 pandemic — that the disease harms only the elderly or people with severe pre-existing illnesses.
That false idea is harming efforts in Wisconsin and the U.S. to control the virus, Mark Johnson reports.
“When the young and healthy underestimate the danger, it provides new opportunities for the virus to spread, especially at a time when many Americans have grown weary from months of wearing masks, canceling birthday parties and downsizing weddings and funerals,” Johnson reports. “The result has been all-too-predictable: reckless behavior and skyrocketing cases, with Wisconsin ranking among the highest rates of COVID cases in the nation.”
As of Nov. 24, Froedtert Hospitals in Wauwatosa, West Bend and Menomonee Falls had hospitalized 387 patients younger than 40 years old, Johnson reports. And 186 patients were younger than 30.
Underscoring Johnson’s report, Madison East High School on Sunday announced that Isai Morocho, an 11th grader at the school, died last week after “a brief, COVID-related illness.”
The young die as well from COVID-19, even as many engage in denial — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison East High School student dies of COVID-19-related illness, principal says — Wisconsin State Journal
Inside a hospital as the coronavirus surges: Where will all the patients go? — The Washington Post
Pocan, Vos team up on bipartisan ad to reduce spread of COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal
Moratorium on evictions is not ironclad, as hundreds of Milwaukee County tenants getting booted have found out — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wausau cardiologist: America’s obesity epidemic is worsening COVID-19 pandemic — Wausau Daily Herald
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