According to the initial data reported regarding COVID-19 cases received by the CDC in the United States, 53% of the patients who were hospitalized due to the virus aged 55 years old and above. This data implied that almost half of the patients are young age groups. Nevertheless, people who are 85 years old and above were mostly accounted for the death counts comprising 10-27% of the total deaths reported by CDC up until 16th March 2020. On the other hand, 3-11% of the total deaths were patients from the age of 65 to 84 years old and 1-3% were patients from the group of 55 to 64 years old. The data collected also stated that less than 1% of the total deaths were patients between the age of 20 to 54 years old. If you are updated with the recent news in Malaysia, the data collected were similar. Mostly, patients who were the elderly have a higher likelihood to have serious illness including death.
Although we can conclude that the risk of death in patients who are young between the age of 20 to 54 years old is low, however, it is undeniable that there is still low chances of dying amongst this age group. Hence, to answer the title of this article is yes, the data that had been collected so far had shown that young people can die due to COVID-19.
It is clear and obvious that the main cause of death in elderly patients is due to their underlying illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol level and many more that weaken their immune system making them more vulnerable.