Several New York doctors have warned of a new danger related to the coronavirus: younger adults from age 30 to 40 are suffering from strokes, despite not being seriously ill.

Mount Sinai health system neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Oxley, along with colleagues on his team, have given details of five people they have treated, all under the age of 50 who had moderate symptoms of COVID-19 infection or were asymptomatic. "The virus appears to be increasing clotting in the great arteries, causing a severe stroke," explained the doctor on CNN.

"Our report shows a sevenfold increase in the incidence of a sudden stroke in young patients in the past two weeks. Most of these patients have no medical history and were at home with mild (or in two cases, symptom-free) COVID symptoms, Oxley said.

A sudden rise in strokes from young coronavirus patients

"Everyone tested positive. Two of them were slow to call the ambulance," he added, highlighting the fact shared with other doctors that people try not to call 911, the US emergency number, so as not to saturate the healthcare system while the coronavirus crisis is undergoing.

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"In comparison, our service, over the past 12 months, treated an average of 0.73 patients every 2 weeks under 50 with a major stroke," or less than two people per month, the Oxley team wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. “The average person who has a large stroke is severely affected. It means a major spill. It includes some of the major arteries of the brain," he continued.

"The most effective treatment for stroke is recovery of the clot, but this must be done within 6 hours, and sometimes within 24 hours," explained the doctor.

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Oxley noted that "so far, people have only been advised to call an ambulance with shortness of breath or high fever". Meanwhile, the FAST method of steps regarding a potential stroke is as follows: F for 'face dropping', A for 'arm weakness', S for 'speech difficulty' and T for 'time to call 911'.

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