‘Young people, you are not invincible from COVID-19’: WHO

(DPI-Guyana) — The World Health Organisation’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in a briefing on March 20, said that while the numbers change every day in some countries, it is important to know that no person is safe from the virus.

“One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared… Young people, you are not invincible. Data from many countries clearly show that people under the age of 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalisation,” Dr. Ghebreyesus stated.

A recent situation report published by the WHO has presented the latest numbers with more countries reporting new cases while China has managed to control the spread of the virus.

The newest global pandemic, novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), has affected over 220,000 persons worldwide with over 9,000 of those persons succumbing to the severe respiratory illness.

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, called on all countries in the Americas to take urgent action to reorganize their health services and protect health professionals to safely care for patients with COVID-19 and save lives.

Noteworthy, on March 20, it was highlighted that the province of Wuhan in China reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started. This, the Director-General said “provides hope for the rest of the world, that even the most severe situation can be turned around”.