Date of Award


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Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health


COVID-19, Young Adults, Public Health, Pandemic, CDC Guidelines


COVID-19 is a new strain of the Human Coronavirus. There are many types of Human Coronavirus, with COVID-19, or the Coronavirus Disease, being discovered in December 2019. COVID-19 is classified as a mild to severe upper respiratory illness. It can affect people differently, with some being asymptomatic, or having no symptoms, and others having mild, to moderate or severe symptoms. Symptoms can also present differently in each person. One person may not have the same symptoms as another.The virus is easily transmittable, meaning it can travel from person to person quickly and easily. This is why it is important to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)guidelines on how to reduce the spread of the virus. Researchers are finding that 1 in 5 healthy young adults who develop COVID have experienced lingering symptoms or post-COVID symptoms. Another study found that of those with post-COVID symptoms, or COVID long-haulers, one-third originally had an asymptomatic case. This shows that those with no symptoms are still at risk of developing post-COVID symptoms. As COVID-19 is still a new type of Coronavirus, researchers are still learning more about the virus as time goes on.



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