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Experts say age of those testing positive for COVID-19 could help predict hot spots

Posted at 9:00 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 22:13:06-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Experts say looking at the ages of those infected with COVID-19 can help predict where new “hot spots” may be.

The CDC is now reporting that a spike in cases among young people could be a good predictor that an area will become a hot spot.

Experts at IUPUI’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health have been working with the state to collect data and analyze the spread of COVID-19.

“One of the most interesting things we found from our own sample is that 40% of the people that were infected had no signs or symptoms," Thomas Duszynski, epidemiology education director with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, said. " I think this is what the CDC is also seeing now, and maybe even a higher number than what we found in our initial sample.”

Often, those who are asymptomatic are young and otherwise healthy.

“These spikes, there is nothing magical about them," Duszynski said. "I could predict these in my sleep if you will… it is simply that when we get people together less than six feet apart not wearing face masks and spending for long periods of time together, we are going to see cases. This is still an active pandemic,”