As the coronavirus escalates its assault on the developing world, the victim profile is beginning to change. The young are dying of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at rates unseen in wealthier countries—a development that further illustrates the unpredictable nature of the disease as it pushes into new cultural and geographic landscapes.
In Brazil, 15 percent of deaths have been people under 50—a rate more than 10 times greater than in Italy or Spain.
In Mexico, the trend is even more stark: Nearly one-fourth of the dead have been between 25 and 49.
In India, officials reported this month that nearly half of the dead were younger than 60.
In Rio de Janeiro state, more than two-thirds of hospitalizations are for people younger than 49. “This is new terrain compared to what’s happened in other countries,” said Daniel Soranz, the former municipal health minister in Rio de Janeiro.