In late July, at one of his weekly COVID press conferences, Gov. Steve Bullock said young people have been driving the spread of COVID-19 throughout Montana.
“We’re seeing more and more that the younger age groups are contributing to our increase in cases,” Bullock said.
At the press conference, Caty Gondeiro, a 23-year-old Helena resident, shared her personal COVID-19 story. Gondeiro didn’t know where she contracted it, but said she hadn’t been taking the virus too seriously. She developed moderate symptoms, and more than three weeks after testing positive she still struggled to take walks. But she said she was less concerned about herself than about the people in her life who might not recover if she passed the virus on to them.
“We’re driving the spread of this. While we may recover from this, we have people in our lives that won’t,” Gondeiro said.
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