Woman, 21, with no underlying health conditions dies of coronavirus: 'Reality of virus is only just unfolding'
A 21-year-old woman has reportedly become the youngest person in the UK to have died from the novel coronavirus; she had no underlying health conditions whatsoever. The devastated family of Chloe Middleton is hoping her death will be a "wake up call" to those not taking the deadly virus seriously enough and disregarding social distancing measures as advised by authorities, Metro reports.
In a Facebook post Tuesday night, the Buckinghamshire family urged the public to help stop the pandemic by doing "your bit" and staying at home.
"To all the people out there who think it’s just a virus please think again," heartbroken mother Diane Middleton wrote. "Speaking from a personal experience this so-called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter."
Meanwhile, Chloe’s aunt Emily Mistry also took to Facebook and urged people to "protect yourselves and protect others."
"My beautiful, kind hearted 21 year old niece Chloe has passed away from Covid-19. SHE HAD NO UNDERLYING HEALTH ISSUES," she wrote. "My loved ones are going through the most unimaginable pain, we are shattered beyond belief."
"The reality of this virus is only just unfolding before our very eyes," Emily continued. "Please, please adhere to government guidelines. DO YOUR BIT… The virus isn’t spreading, PEOPLE are spreading the virus."
"Life as we know it has changed dramatically but unless we all act now to protect ourselves and others, the longer this turmoil and anguish will go on. Rest in peace Chloe. Until we meet again…" she added.
So far, it was understood that the older you are, the more at risk you are from the novel coronavirus. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that young people should not consider themselves "invincible."
Speaking to the BBC, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, a Labour MP and A&E doctor, explained that the illness was "not simply limited to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions."
Allin-Khan's remarks came just a day after an 18-year-old with pre-existing health conditions had succumbed to the virus in England. The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is thought to be the youngest person to have died in the UK thus far.
According to Dr Allin-Khan, she had treated "fit and well" patients in their 30s and 40s who were now "fighting for their lives" in intensive care.
Meanwhile, the WHO has said that "although the evidence we have suggests that those over 60 are at highest risk, young people, including children, have died."
The news of Chloe's death comes just days after a soccer coach in Spain died at the age of 21 after contracting the coronavirus.
After being diagnosed with severe coronavirus symptoms, Francisco Garcia was taken to the hospital where he was found to be suffering from a form of leukemia as well.
Local health officials that he would have recovered if his pre-existing condition did not hinder his capabilities to fight off the virus, The Sun reported.
Garcia had been working from 2016 with Malaga-based Atletico Portada Alta managing their junior side. He was the fifth victim of the pandemic in the Malaga region and also the youngest to succumb to the virus. Others who have died in the region due to the virus were between 70 and 80 years of age.