Senator Van Hollen’s September Letter to CDC
On September 16, 2020, Senator Chris Van Hollen requested CDC to assess the covid risk designation for young adults with chronic health conditions. The senator cited an analysis of CDC data by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity Center for Health Equity that showed young adults who contracted Covid-19 had a six times higher hospitalization rate, 9 times higher ICU admissions rate and 18 times higher rate of deaths.
I knew young adults with chronic conditions were at higher risk, but these numbers shocked me. They shocked everyone who saw them. I had told my daughter to be careful, but, now with these data, I knew how dangerous covid could be for her – and it scared me. It scared me even more that our leaders were not acting to protect the millions of other young adults who live with chronic conditions.
In October, CDC sent a response that they would be analyzing all age groups, including young adults. Six months later and there is still no information about young adults with chronic conditions.