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Large amount of young people in Canada are being hospitalized with COVID-19

When it comes to COVID-19, almost nobody is immune — including young Canadians, a staggering number of whom have recently had to be hospitalized after contracting the virus.

One-third of young Canadians (31 per cent) that have contracted the virus in the past two weeks have been hospitalized for their illness, according to an update from Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam.

In similarly concerning news, Canadians aged 20-39 comprised 60 per cent of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

"I must urge all Canadians, particularly younger adults, to not give in to COVID-19 fatigue," Tam said at a press conference on Friday.

Tam called on young people to be mindful of their actions, reminding them to keep their guard up.

"This is your generation and your future that is being shaped," she said. "Younger age groups are not invincible against COVID-19."

Tam noted that less than one per cent of the Canadian population has been infected, which means that the vast majority of people are still highly susceptible to getting sick.

"Now is the chance to be a lifesaver," she said. "We all need to take this disease, and our responsibility to protect others, seriously."

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Habib Dadkhah

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