A Chicago teen with no underlying conditions died from COVID-19 just a week after he was diagnosed with the virus, his family says.
Arnold Herrera was recovering at home and rang in the new year with his family, but then his condition worsened and was admitted at a local hospital in Chicago, WLS reported.
Herrera died Sunday, becoming the 11th person to die from COVID-19 under the age of 20 in Illinois.
His family was stunned at how quickly he deteriorated, saying that being young doesn’t grant immunity toward the virus.
“It doesn’t discriminate on age. It just happens. And we should all be careful,” Herrera’s brother, Pablo Portilla, told WLS. “We shouldn’t think, ‘Oh yeah, because I’m young, it’s not going to happen to me,’ like no.’”
Herrera loved to play guitar at his church and recently graduated from Chicago’s Benito Juarez High School, where he was a member of the JROTC program, according to the outlet.