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#TheRiskIsReal

You may think it can't happen to you, but COVID-19 does not care how young you are. The reality is, anyone can become infected, and recent trends show a spike in younger adults contracting the virus.

Nearly 60% of the positive COVID-19 cases being reported in LA County are in people under 50 years old and hospitalizations among younger adults are on the rise. Though you may recover from the virus, you risk spreading COVID-19 and infecting others in your home who are more at-risk, including grandparents and parents.

Your actions can save lives.

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face cover when you’re out in public, maintain six feet of physical distancing and only gather with people in your own household. If you’re feeling sick and you think you need to get tested, contact your healthcare provider. To learn more about COVID-19 testing in LA County, click here.

COVID-19 Survivor Stories

Watch the videos on this page to hear from LA County residents who battled the virus and are now
sharing their stories and warning others to not take COVID-19 lightly.

“We thought the worst”

30-year-old Javier Gutierrez became infected with COVID-19 at a family gathering and it soon spread to his wife and baby. He recovered after spending 5 five days in the hospital. This is his story.

“I was a healthy person before this.”

Shelby is 29 years old and a COVID-19 survivor. She contracted the virus in April, and, after experiencing headaches, vomiting and dizziness, was hospitalized in May. Today, she wears a heart monitor and continues to worry about the long-term impacts on her health. This is her story.

“I just thought of my two-year old baby. I thought I was never going to see him again.”

Antonio is 45 years old, and unsure where he got infected with coronavirus. He felt tired, dizzy and had a fever for two days before being admitted to LA County's Olive View Medical Center for 9 days. This is his story.

"It happened to me. It could happen to you."

In early March, Christine developed a slight fever.  At first she believed she was coming down with the flu, but as her symptoms worsened, she decided to go to the LA County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. After checking her vitals, doctors immediately admitted her and later confirmed she had COVID-19.  She spent 2 weeks in the hospital, 8 days of which she was hooked up to a ventilator. Despite her dire situation, she survived.  This is her story.

“I thought I would never see my family again”

Jose Mercado, 47, doesn’t know how he was exposed to COVID-19, but he’ll never forget the searing pain in his chest or the 20 days he spent in LA County's Olive View Medical Center. This is his story.

COVID-19: By the Numbers

Cases by Age

Data showing COVID cases by age

Deaths by Age

Death Rates of by age range
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