Careless youth driving some Covid spikes, says WHO

Henrietta Strickland
August 1, 2020

As the summer break started in Europe and the USA, young people let down their guards and flocked to beaches and home-made clubs to spend time with friends and have fun.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, although older people are at a higher risk of severe disease, younger people are at risk too.

The World Health Organization on Thursday said that younger people who are "letting down their guard" amid the coronavirus pandemic to enjoy the summer holidays are partly contributing to the rise in new cases in some countries.

Dr Van Kerkhove added that while death rates may be lower for young people emerging evidence suggests that many people experience extreme fatigue, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties for months after coronavirus.

Cluster infections have occurred among young people who gathered at beaches or night clubs in the summer break in Spain, France, and other parts of Europe.

The emergency committee is always cautious in its pronouncements and on Friday it reevaluated the COVID-19 emergency status.

Speaking at the same press conference on Thursday Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, a senior World Health Organization epidemiologist, said that nightclubs were "amplifiers of transmission". "We just don't know what the long-term impact of those infections will be". "This virus likes all weather". A vaccination for COVID-19 has yet to be discovered and approved.

"Any inflammatory process in the cardiovascular system can lead to longer term heart disease and can actually accelerate other chronic heart conditions that may develop much later in life", he pointed out. "Why take the risk?" he asked.

The WHO chief said young people who have great potential to be leaders and "drivers of change" must be more careful in ensuring that they are following all steps to curb the coronavirus pandemic. "Play it safe, use your brain, use your mind".

"Use your brain... Don't take a risk that you can not quantify".

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