Young People Are in the Eye of the Cytokine Storm During India’s Second COVID-19 Wave

🇮🇳@COVID19Up: A large number of young COVID-19 patients aged between 18 and 45 are suffering from severe symptoms this time, partly due to their stronger immune system that has been generating a cytokine storm, affecting their organs, doctors say.

A cytokine storm occurs when the body starts attacking its own cells and tissues in an attempt to kill the virus. It is suffered by the elderly as well, but due to their relatively weaker immune system, the impact is milder and often not fatal.

Another reason why young patients have had more severe symptoms during the second wave is the fact that they have been late in seeking medical advice or hospitalization. By the time they did, their conditions had often turned serious.