Teenage Girl From Paris Becomes The Youngest Victim In Europe To Die From The Coronavirus

Helen Storms

A 16-year-old girl from Paris, France, identified only as Julie A. due to being a minor, has become the youngest victim in all of Europe to die from the coronavirus. The teen passed away on Tuesday, only days after she went to the doctor to receive treatment for what was at the time only a slight cough, according to the New York Post.

The aspect of Julie's story that some may find surprising, or even frightening, is how suddenly she fell ill and how quickly her symptoms progressed. She was also not within the demographic previously believed to be especially at risk for the coronavirus -- Julie was young, healthy and without other health underlying conditions that would have made her more susceptible.

"It's unbearable. We were meant to have an ordinary life," Julie's mother Sabine said of her tragic death.

Julie's distraught family are confused because they, like many other people, believed that her chance of actually dying from COVID-19 was very slim because of her age.

"From the start, we were told that the virus doesn't affect young people. We believed it, like everyone else," Sabine added.

Julie's sister Manon described her coronavirus symptoms as having made a "violent" acceleration prior to her death.

Manon emphasized that Julie's death should send a message to the rest of the world regarding the severity of COVID-19. This is evidence that no one, regardless of good health or young age, is untouchable by the coronavirus.

"[We] must stop believing that this only affects the elderly. No one is invincible against this mutant virus," Manon said.

France's director general of health, Jérôme Salomon, insisted that while Julie's death was "tragic," cases like hers are "extremely rare."

France, like many other countries across the world, has been hit hard by this global health crisis. In a startling report on Thursday, March 26, French health authorities revealed that in just the previous 24 hours alone, 365 more people had died of the coronavirus. At that time, the total number of patients who have died of COVID-19 in hospitals was 1,696. However, the overall total of deaths is likely much higher, as this number does not include those that have passed away in nursing homes or other at home.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, health officials in the United States have had trouble convincing young people to take this pandemic seriously, and have tried to drive home the fact that the coronavirus does not discriminate when it comes to age.