According to the United Nations Health Agency, the proportion of people between the ages of 15 and 24 infected with COVID-19 has tripled in about five months.
“We have said this before and we will say it again: Young people are not invincible,” WHO Director General Tedros Adnom Ghebayeus told reporters last week.
“Young people can become infected; Young people can die; And young people can transmit the virus to others. ”
An analysis by WHO of 6 million infections between 24 February and 12 July found that the share of people aged 15–24 increased from 4.5% to 15%.
The agency said that between the ages of 5–14, about 4.6% were infected, by 0.8%, between those dates.
European countries including Spain, Germany and France – as well as Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam – have said that many of the newly infected people are young.
This is also the case for the United States, which leads globally with 4.8 million total infections, the organization said.
“Younger people tend to be less cautious about masking and social distancing,” Nisa Ernest, nurse manager at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s biocaneration unit, told Reuters.
“Traveling increases your chances of spreading and spreading the COVID-19,” she said, adding youth are likely to visit bars or the beach, as well as work and grocery stores.
Health experts have urged youth to stay socially distance, wear masks and avoid crowds, noting that people without symptoms can also spread the virus.
With post wires