Health expert Professor Solwayo Ngwenya has said more and more young people are being infected by the coronavirus across the world.
He said the youngsters were previously resistant to the coronavirus but it now appears as if the delta variant that was first detected in India is affecting all ages.
Ngwenya made the remarks while commenting on community deaths in the country which he attributed to procrastination in seeking professional assistance when one has contracted the coronavirus.
He said many of those at risk of dying at home are those with underlying conditions as the prevalent delta variant can worsen some conditions like hypertension and diabetes.
The health expert said people tended to go to the hospital after trying home remedies that were not working while some are not aware that they have the virus especially those with underlying conditions like diabetes and hypertension because the delta variant can cause sugar levels to rise and then people die without knowing they are positive. He added:
Some have relatives that are asymptomatic and they still visit each other especially during funerals defying what we have been told by the Government. These community deaths are unfortunate and if we do not change, we will continue recording more of these…
More and more young people are being infected. They were once strong and resistant; they were asymptomatic but now they are getting sicker and dying in other countries. This variant is affecting almost all ages.
He said it was unfortunate that the variant is now infecting youngsters in the 30-to-40 age group, who usually do not adhere to Covid-19 health protocols thereby spreading the virus.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports indicated that the disease was mostly affecting older adults and that young people were more likely to have milder cases of the disease.
But recent reports suggest a rise in infections in youngsters who are also seen as more likely to transmit the virus than others.