From HIV to COVID-19: Focusing on and Engaging Adolescents and Young Adults During the Pandemic. By: DeLong, Stephanie M.; Denison, Julie A.; Yang, Cui; Agwu, Allison; Alexander, Kamila A.; Kaufman, Michelle R.; Arrington-Sanders, Renata. American Journal of Public Health. Nov2020, Vol. 110 Issue 11, p1650-1652. 3p.

The article explores adolescents and young adults (AYAs) and how they are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The author describes how AYAs serve as the backbone of several social networks in contemporary society: connecting homes, schools and workplaces in their communities. AYAs also need support as they are going through a specific developmental period characterized by biological, cognitive and social change. Two potential public health approaches are offered: disaggregate and collect data and/or take a harm reduction approach.