Data Shows Younger Adults, Not Elderly Prime Coronavirus Sufferers

Empty streets in Tel Aviv on Thursday. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Data released over the weekend by the Health Ministry indicates that the largest number of people diagnosed with coronavirus are not among the elderly – but among those 30-39 years of age. 160 people in this age group have been diagnosed with the virus, compared to 70 among those 70 years of age or older.

As a percentage of the various populations, 14.4 of 100,000 Israelis age 30-39 were diagnosed with the disease, compared to 9.7 of 100,000  Israelis over age 70. The second largest group diagnosed are those 20-29 years of age, among whom 12.6 per 100,000 are infected. Infection rates for those between 40 and 70 years of age are about 12 per 100,000.

With that, most of those in serious condition with the virus in Israeli hospitals are over 70 years of age, and the Israeli who was niftar Friday from the disease was also well over that age, as is another Israeli in extremely serious condition.

Currently there are 3,030 medical staff in quarantine over suspicion that they were exposed to coronavirus sufferers, among them 814 doctors and 893 nurses. 42 medical staff have contracted the disease. Many were exposed at venues other than work; for those who were exposed at their hospitals or clinics, 660 were in contact with a patient who had the disease, and 521 with a staff person who was subsequently diagnosed with it.

Most of the quarantined medical staff – 1,567 – work in hospitals, while 780 work at local health clinics. 295 are health workers from Arab neighborhoods in Yerushalayim, while 95 work in psychiatric hospitals and 74 work at geriatric care facilities, the data showed.