Fauci: Young people are not immune from becoming 'seriously ill'

Fauci: Young people are not immune from becoming 'seriously ill'
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Young people should be concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, which has disproportionately targeted the elderly population, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: Trump extends deployment of National Guard troops to aid with coronavirus response | Pentagon considers reducing quarantine to 10 days | Lawmakers push for removal of Nazi headstones from VA cemeteries Don't move the COVID-19 goalpost Overnight Health Care: Sewage testing gives clues of coronavirus | White House says Trump would take hydroxychloroquine again | Trump marks 'very sad milestone' of 100K virus deaths MORE, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday. 

"Younger people should be concerned for two reasons. You are not immune or safe from getting seriously ill," Fauci said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Fauci noted that while the number of confirmed cases is overwhelmingly weighted toward the elderly, the virus "isn’t a mathematical formula."

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"There are people that are young who are going to get ill," Fauci said. 

In addition to protecting themselves, young people should also remember they can be a carrier of the virus even if they do not get seriously ill, Fauci said. 

"You can bring it to a person, who can bring it to person, who can bring it to your grandmother or grandfather or elderly relative," he added. 

CNN's Brianna Keilar also noted that crowds are still forming at bars and restaurants across the country, mainly among younger Americans, and asked Fauci if a national lockdown, which Italy has implemented, should be considered. 

"I would like to see a dramatic diminution of the personal interaction we see in restaurants and bars. Whatever it takes to do that, that's what I would like to see," Fauci responded.