A NUMBER of university students in Manchester are "in intensive care" after contracting coronavirus, a medic has said.
The medic, who works withinManchester University NHS Foundation Trust, has warned students and young people that they are "not invincible" as cases continue to soar.
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This comes as universities across the country have been hit with thousands of coronavirus cases as students begin the new academic year.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the medic said: "Coronavirus can affect all ages, it doesn’t discriminate.
"In the vast majority of cases people will recover but a small proportion will get very unwell and we are seeing that with both older and younger people.
"More older people are getting unwell but youngsters are not being spared.
"Some youngsters in their early 20s and even 19 year olds are getting quite ill with Covid and some are requiring intensive care and higher levels of care.
"You’re more likely to become ill if you have underlying health conditions but it can affect young, fit people who think they are invincible."
Health chiefs have now revealed that more than half of Manchester's coronavirus cases are affecting those aged 17 to 21.
Over 1,366 cases of coronavirus have been reported among students at the University of Manchester as of October 6, according to the institution's statistics.
The NHS Foundation Trust medic has said that it’s important for people to understand that students and young people can in fact become very ill with coronavirus.
They added: "We are not blaming you but we want you to know you are not invincible.
"We know how difficult this year has been for you and how difficult this period is. I think it must be very hard.
"If you’re in a foreign city with Covid and suddenly you become very unwell without your family not near and you find yourself in ICU, it’s scary.”
The medic, who has not been named, revealed they are also aware of one 19-year-old girl who caught the virus from a housemate and became unwell for a couple of weeks – but didn't end up in hospital.
They said: "She became very unwell very quickly.
"It can affect anyone, even if you’re young, fit and well and it can affect you badly.
"Not only short term but it can also cause long term damage to lungs.
"It’s such a new disease, it’s too early to say the long term effects, but it can cause problems with the lungs.
"You do not want to take it lightly."
The number of people who have died in Greater Manchester’s hospitals after contracting coronavirus has reached 2,326.
Fallowfield – home to thousands of students – remains the Covid-19 hotspot of England, with 612 confirmed cases in the week ending October 3, according to the latest data.
Meanwhile, more than 1,600 students have tested positive for coronavirus in Newcastle in just one week.
Newcastle University said 1,003 students tested positive between October 1 and 7, while more than 600 at neighbouring Northumbria University caught the virus.
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