Pretty simple story today. Covid is primarily an old persons disease and the elderly population of "at-risk" is in the process of ballooning, thus Covid (or like diseases that might not have even previously qualified as pandemics)...are finding fertile ground among the significantly enlarging elderly populations.
With almost 96% of the US Covid related deaths among the 50+ year old population, despite the majority (65%) of cases among the under 50 year old population, it should be obvious Covid is a relatively higher risk for elderly and relatively low risk for younger persons.
According to the CDC Covid Data Tracker (found HERE), mortality among under 50 year old Covid patients is rare. Of the nearly 12 million cases among under 50 year olds, nearly 13,000 resulted in death (less than 2,000 deaths among the over 6 million cases among under 30 year olds). This is a mortality rate of 0.11% among under 50 year olds. Meanwhile, the 6.4 million Covid cases among 50+ year olds resulted in nearly 280,000 deaths, a mortality rate of 4.57% (yes, CDC data differs from other sources in total cases, deaths...but the CDC demographic breakdown of those deaths is the critical part...bear with me).
- Under 30 year olds = 0.2% of deaths, 8.5% of the hospitalized, 36% of cases
- 30-60 year olds = 9% of deaths, 32% of the hospitalized, 46% of cases
- 60+ year olds = 90.8% of deaths, 59.5% of the hospitalized, 17% of cases