Mississippi sees an increase in young adult COVID-19 cases

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MISSISSIPPI — COVID-19 cases are spiking faster among Mississippi young adults from ages 18-29 than any other group in the state--that’s according to the state health department numbers.

As FOX13′s Tom Dees found out, according to some in that age bracket, it may be because dealing with COVID-19 and trying to stay on top of it is tough.

Oxford’s Andy Dickson told FOX13 he is just outside of that age group and he wears a mask and sticks to social distancing rules, but for some that’s rough.

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“I think it is a hard thing to do to drastically change your life all at once and keep that up for a long long time,” he said.

Nathan Byrd of Oxford said being cooped up due to COVID-19 combined with just wanting to get out hasn’t helped matters for some people.

“They are aching for their freedom and trying to get out of the house,” he said. “They are stir crazy, and they think they are invincible.

Dickson said there are some young adults who just don’t want to hear what the consequences could be.

“I don’t want to say that people do not listen to experts, but we don’t necessarily live in a society that gives much credence to experts when we should,” said Dickson.

To try to keep up with those young adult numbers, the city of Oxford is working with local clinics to get current numbers and the age ranges of those who have tested positive.