COVID-19 may cause permanent "reduced lung function" to young people, damaging productivity and intelligencepost by trevorw96 · 2020-03-20T19:02:00.605Z · score: 0 (3 votes) · EA · GW · 1 comments
Potentially reversible by years of therapy, a sizable proportion of COVID-19 cases in young people will be damaged to the point where they are "left gasping for air after walking quickly".
Not only will victims face lifelong difficulties exercising, but may experience less cognitive benefits from the same amount of sleep due to reduced oxygen, e.g. memory, focus, and mood. This can be particularly severe for people who don't know they have sleep apnea.
In general, you are likely to be infected with COVID-19 at a time when millions of people in your metropolitan area are either experiencing symptoms, or are "sleeper" carriers during the 2-14 day incubation period (who will experience symptoms at around the same time). Either way, due to the exponential nature of epidemics, P(overwhelmed hospitals | you're sick)= high. Untreated pneumonia is clearly enough of a threat on its own; people familiar with EA ideas probably should not be disproportionately vulnerable to the outbreak.
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