This week, as the United States passed the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths, the number of infections spiked in at least 22 states. Health experts maintain that one of the reasons the country is experiencing an increase in the number of cases in recent weeks has to do with young people—especially college aged students—returning to school. And, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, there is one major mistake they are making that is contributing to the surge of cases—and inevitably, an increase in deaths. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.

Young People Are “Innocently” Spreading the Virus

Speaking with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday, Dr. Fauci explained how young people are “unintentionally” and “innocently” infected and killing their elders by attending parties and other social gatherings without masks. He explained that some people “feel that it doesn’t matter if they get infected because they’re young, which is a really bad mistake because you’re propagating the outbreak.”

“Right now, the infections in the country are driven more by young people 19 to 25,” he pointed out. While it may be innocent, he pleads with young people to look beyond the statistics that “the rate of hospitalizations per a hundred thousand in young people is infinitely less than the elderly and those with underlying conditions,” explaining how a simple mistake can ultimately lead to deaths.

“It’s understandable if I’m a young person, 20 years old, I’m getting cabin fever about what we’ve had to do. And I say, “you know, if I get infected, it doesn’t really make any difference to me, cause the chances are, I’m not going to have any symptoms. That’s a bad thing, because what you’re doing is that you are inadvertently propagating the outbreak,” he continued.