Governor’s office releases new PSA warning young people they are not immune to COVID-19

Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 5:37 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - According to data from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 currently make up a significant portion of positive cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

Data from the Louisiana Department of Health from Monday, July 27 shows people ages 18 to 29...
Data from the Louisiana Department of Health from Monday, July 27 shows people ages 18 to 29 make up the vast majority of coronavirus cases in the state.(LDH)

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As such, the governor’s office has released a new video to warn young people about the dangers of the virus. The video features a number of young people who have experienced the virus, and they say the symptoms are no joke.

One of those people is 23-year-old Abi Abraham. She thinks she got the virus from her sister.

“I couldn’t smell, I couldn’t taste, and eventually I got a cough and was having some chest pain. Cough lasted for like three weeks,” Abraham said.

She likened the illness to a severe case of the flu, something that was uncomfortable, but never life-threatening to her. It was life-threatening to her father though, after she believes she spread the virus to him.

“I gave it to my parents because I live with them and that was not good,” she said. “My dad actually had to go to the hospital. He had to go to the emergency room. He was on oxygen. It was really scary and I felt terrible because I was the one who gave it to him.”

Dr. Abdulla Majid-Moosa, who works on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 at Our Lady of the Lake, says that’s one of the main problems when young people contract the illness. Many times, they’re asymptomatic and spread it without ever knowing they were infected.

“Those people are more likely to go out in the community, not knowing they’re sick, not intentionally, and unknowingly potentially spreading the virus,” said Dr. Majid-Moosa.

That’s why he says it’s critically important to follow the guidelines set forth in the PSA, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. It’s also why Abraham felt it was so important to share her story.

“I get it. It’s hard not to not go anywhere, it’s hard not to see friends and family, but it doesn’t necessarily irritate me, but it makes me more scared for them because I’m like, I don’t think they really know the damage it can do and I just want to warn them, it’s not worth it,” she said. “It’s really not worth it.”

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