Prayer #101: For Both Younger-Age and Older-Age People During the COVID-19 Outbreak
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) keeps close track of the COVID-19 data within the state and breaks the data down demographically. Looking at this breakdown, some important trends are noticeable. First, the preponderance of COVID cases is younger-age people. Ages 0-17 have 11% of the cases, ages 18-25 have 13%, and then ages 25-49 have a remarkable 45% of the cases. There are only 19% of the COVID cases in the age range of 50-64, and just 6% in ages 65-74, and 6% in ages 75 and above.
On the other hand, when one looks at the deaths attributed to the Coronavirus, the picture is quite different. In North Carolina, there are 0% deaths up to age 24, and 5% from ages 25-49. Then, ages 50-64 account for 15% of the COVID-related deaths, ages 65-74, 20%, and then for ages 75 and up, a very large portion, 59% of all COVID-19 deaths in the state.
Summing up: Younger-age people are getting the most infections, and thus have the greatest potential for spreading the virus, but older people have by far the greatest mortality risks.
This data can be seen at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/cases
We want to pray today for prevention of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially that there would be fewer infections in younger-age people, who seem to be by far the largest group infected. We also want to pray fervently for God to protect those who are most vulnerable to serious illness and even death from contracting the virus: people 65 and older (especially people 75 and older).
Col. 1:11: "May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy."