NHS figures show 92% of coronavirus victims in England are over 60 – while only FIVE under-20s have died from the killer infection [LINK].
There are several reasons why older people have trouble fighting off the virus.
The likelihood of having chronic conditions increases markedly as people age, with four out of five over-65s living with at least one underlying health condition.
Elderly people also have weaker immune systems, a natural side-effect of the body ageing. This makes them more vulnerable to serious infections of all types.
Only five people aged under 20 years old have died of the coronavirus in the UK, including 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab and Italian-born Luca Di Nicola, 19, both of whom were not believed to have any pre-existing health concerns.