Tired from the intensity of quarantine and lockdown measures imposed by authorities globally, the young generation is perhaps carelessly fanning the spread of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 700,000 around the world.
The World Health Organization at a press briefing from its headquarters in Geneva has urged the world’s youth to restraint themselves when it comes to engaging together for a party and mix in the crowds.
“Younger people also need to take on board that they have a responsibility. Ask yourself the question: do I really need to go to that party?” WHO’s emergencies chief told in an online discussion. Dr Ryan is the father of three.
According to WHO tally, the proportion of young people those who have contacted the virus has tripled from 4.3% to 15% in a span of just three months, as the young generation increasingly flout social distancing measures and return to beaches and party.
It must be noted that young people are comparably less susceptible to experience severe symptoms of the disease than adults or senior citizens above the age of 60. However, “young people are not invincible,” Dr Ryan said in the briefing.
“Young people can be infected; young people can die; and young people can transmit the virus to others,” WHO DG, Dr Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
Figures from the US and Europe comprising the world’s northern hemisphere shows a rising number of cases in young people aged 15-44, WHO tally showed. Keen to experience the northern summer, young people are partaking in the cause of spreading the virus.
The trend is reflected in a number of US states where the proportion of young people contacting the virus has increased recently like in Texas, California, North Carolina, Arizona and other US states.
“It’s important that these folks understand that they are part of the solution, so we need their help with following the masking guidelines, social distancing, and being aware,” Dr Matthew Heinz, a hospitalist who’s been treating COVID patients at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, told Healthline.
According to Johns Hopkins Univerity’s coronavirus resource centre, the global death toll from the virus has surpassed 700,000, with a total of 18 million-plus infections.
Reuters tally revealed every 1 second a person is dying from the virus, which is ravaging the US, Brazil, India and other nations.
Tuesday, the UN rang an alarm of a ‘generational catastrophe’ on education as hundreds of millions of young children around the world face school-less days.
“Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove warned addressing the youth, that even a mild version of the virus can cause long term consequences.