'Wrecked our lives': Families of 3 young adults who died from COVID-19 share heartbreaking stories

Michael Lang, an 18-year-old who grew up in a close community in La Grange, Illinois, was ready for the next chapter of his life: college.
The teenager who loved the outdoors and fishing wasn't afraid to go to the University of Dayton during the pandemic.
His mother, Kady Lang, told ABC News that she wasn't "overly concerned" either. Students were tested before going to campus according to university guidelines, and many of Michael's friends had COVID-19 in July and recovered within a few weeks, she said.
"When she heard about all of these other kids who were doing well, it seemed like the older generation was having a harder time," she said.
But within a few months, Michael Lang got COVID-19 and died.
PHOTO: An undated photo of Michael Lang, 18, who passed away on October 22, 2020. (Courtesy of the Lang family)
In addition to potential spreaders, young people are at risk for complications and death as otherwise healthy young people have died, said John Brownstein, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Boston Children's Hospital and a professor of epidemiology at Harvard.
In the spring, there were increased COVID-19 cases among older populations and patients with underlying chronic diseases, but the average age of those infected had slowly declined over time, he said.
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While people 65 and older caused 79% of the 223,984 or more COVID-19 deaths in the United States recorded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (whose record lags behind other institutions tracking the death toll) , Some younger people have died from the disease.
At least 410 people in the 15 to 24 age group have died, while young adults between the ages of 25 and 34 have caused at least 1,725 ​​deaths related to COVID-19, according to the CDC.
And even the youngest Americans (children under the age of 15) weren't invulnerable to the disease - 81 died in the last census, according to the CDC.
"There are still a lot of unknowns about how a small fraction of otherwise healthy children and young adults have persistent and debilitating effects from this virus," Brownstein said. More serious cases could be influenced by a genetic basis for increased susceptibility or impaired lung function or the amount of virus the patient is exposed to, he said.
"Nobody is protected from this virus," he said. "Everyone has some risk when it comes to COVID."
"He didn't act sick"
Michael Lang, the excited new student hoping to become an entrepreneur, arrived at the University of Dayton, Ohio campus in early August.
PHOTO: An undated photo of Michael Lang, 18, who passed away on October 22, 2020. (Courtesy of the Lang family)
On Labor Day, Michael Lang had COVID-19 symptoms. He couldn't taste or smell and isolated himself in his room, said his mother.
According to Kady Lang, he was not tested in school. University spokeswoman Cilla Shindell told ABC News that symptomatic students will be tested and that students will also be subjected to "random surveillance tests."
After being quarantined for 10 days, he left campus on September 13 and returned to his parents' house to study remotely from a quarantine room.
"He was acting normal, he was not acting sick," said his mother.
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