“You are NOT invincible,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus one of the WHO chiefs (World Health Organization). He issued a stark warning towards the younger generations, urging them to take the Coronavirus pandemic seriously.
Moreover, he added that even if young people show little to no symptoms, they still pose a threat to the elderly. Who are five times more likely to die, according to a research paper published this week. “The choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else” stated Tedros further.
” Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization,” the agency’s director-general said on Friday, at a press meeting.
After that, he urged young people to not treat the COVID-19 lightly, as it “could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you.”
The Coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 265,000 people worldwide, killing over 11,000. Even if older people have a greater risk of dying because of the virus, studies conducted in the US by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40% of patients hospitalized because of the COVID-19 are between 20 and 54 years old.
Even in Italy, where the number of deaths surpassed China’s, doctors remind the people that fifty percent of patients that are sick with the virus are younger than 65. Dr. Antonio Pesenti told Sky News that “ We have Patients who are 20 years old or 30 years old, quite a few, and those are severe as the old ones.”
While all this is happening all over the world, we can only wonder: when will this pandemic come to an end?
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