World Health Organization strongly warns youth against COVID-19

World Health Organization strongly warns youth against COVID-19

World Health Organization strongly warns youth against COVID-19

The head of the World Health Organisation on Friday (March 20) warned young people they were "not invincible" against the coronavirus pandemic, and said their self-restraint could save the lives of older people.

"This virus could put you in the hospital for weeks or even kill you", Ghebreyesus said.

"You're not invincible", said World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference on COVID-19.

According to the Health Commission of Hubei Province, no new infections or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus were reported on Thursday in Wuhan, marking two days in a row of zero report at the epicenter of the epidemic in a months-long battle with the deadly virus.

He stated this given "hope for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around".

"I think it's important that we don't give the impression that every single person who is young and healthy is just going to breeze through this".

For the third consecutive day, the Chinese mainland had not recorded new cases of coronavirus at the local level, while the number of infections detected by arrivals from overseas had increased.

The coronavirus pandemic has spread to as many as 185 countries around the world has already affected over 2,50,000 people and claimed the lives of over 10,000.

"I want to stress that we will review the situation each month to see if we can relax these measures".

"One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared".

On PPE supplies, the WHO's Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said: "Even the actions of an individual can affect the supply chain".

The global health body also urged people to look after their physical and mental health during the crisis.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a health alert on WhatsApp to keep people aware and updated about the coronavirus pandemic and combat misinformation.

While China has been able to contain the virus, Italy has become the new hotspot of COVID-19.

To access it, WhatsApp users need to send the word "hi" to the number 0041 798 931 892.

WHO Health Alert service is now available only in English language.

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