The World Health Organization (WHO) has once again urged young people to take “their responsibilities” to avoid spreading the coronavirus, as the holidays are in full swing and the holidays are in full swing, reminding them that they can also be transmission vectors.
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The COVID-19 disease was initially perceived as a disease of adults, especially the elderly or with certain health problems, and “the elderly have been very careful to protect themselves”, but “as young people return to society, it is clear that (they) can act as a mode of transmission ”, underlined the director of health emergencies of the WHO, Michael Ryan.
Outbreaks of contamination have been observed in European countries where, during this summer vacation period, young people have found their way back to bars, nightclubs, open-air parties and beach parties.
“Young people have a huge opportunity to reduce transmission through their behaviors,” Ryan said. “They must also take into account the fact that they also have a responsibility in this regard”, insisted the Irish epidemiologist.
“You can choose not to do things. If community transmission is high, everyone is at risk, ”but“ ask yourself, do I really need to go to this party? ”He continued.
For her part, the technical manager of the unit responsible for the management of the pandemic at the WHO, Maria Van Kerkhove said that studies had shown that a small number of infected people were responsible for the vast majority of the spread: “It is estimated that between 10 and 20% of all cases are responsible for about 80% of transmission events.”
At the end of July, the Director General of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had already warned that young people were not “invincible” and were too numerous, in some countries, to “let their guard down”. He urged them to “take the same precautions as others to protect themselves from the virus and to protect others”.