Coronavirus and age: Former Wladimir Klitschko foe in medically induced coma
Former heavyweight contender Derrick Jefferson (28-4-1, 21 KO) has been infected with coronavirus and is in a medically included coma in a hospital, per ESPN.
Only 52, the 6'6" Jefferson, who is believed to be on ventilator, is the most noteworthy boxer thus far to have been confirmed with coronavirus.
Jefferson last fought in 2005 and faced the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, David Izon, Oleg Maskaev, Maurice Harris, Obed Sullivan and Bert Cooper during his career.
In his most notable fight, against Klitschko, then the reigning WBO Heavyweight Champion, Jefferson was TKO'd in the second round in 2001.
The 52 year old Jefferson was an elite athlete and top heavyweight not long ago so his situation should serve as a warning to those who think they're too young or too healthy to be impacted by the virus.
Coronavirus age stats
People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. However, the virus has proven fatal for some in their 30s, 40s and 50s who were otherwise healthy.
Early data from China suggested people over 70 and those with pre-existing medical conditions represented over 90 percent of serious coronavirus cases but it’s increasingly clear, now, those stats were an anomaly.
In New York City, health officials said Friday that of 1,160 people hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms, one in four were between ages 18 and 49. That squares with what appears to be happening nationwide: Across the United States, about 38% of coronavirus patients sick enough to be hospitalized were ages 20 to 54, the CDC reported last week.
The older you are, the more likely you are to be hospitalized or die from coronavirus BUT healthy young and middle-aged adults who aren't taking the virus seriously are still playing Russian Roulette.
Moreover, young people who are asymptomatic can still spread it to others who, for whatever reason, are more vulnerable.
WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.