Expect 'lengthy' coronavirus pandemic WHO warns

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 1, 2020

In a statement, director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that while older people are at a higher risk of severe disease, younger people are at risk too.

The novel coronavirus has killed almost 675,000 people and infected at least 17.3 million since it emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The leader of the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia on Monday warned young people to stop partying to help halt a surge in new cases or local authorities may have to reimpose harsh restrictions. He admitted that it has been tough to convince the youth of the risks they face.

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 28: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Members of the medical staff treat a patient who is wearing helmet-based ventilator in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 28, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

"Evidence suggests that spikes of cases in some countries are being driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer", he said. That's why young people must take the same precautions to protect themselves and others as everyone else.

The WHO's Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said Thursday that the organisation had reacted immediately to the first signs of the pandemic, mobilizing its forces to act and inform.

Tedros added, "Young people are not invincible".

She said some of those who have recovered from coronavirus symptoms have longer-term effects, including extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and difficulty in resuming normal activities, such as going to the gym and returning to work.

On the same day, the Western Cape Health Department recorded 10 915 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 92 845 confirmed cases and 78921 recoveries. "This virus likes all weather". A vaccination for COVID-19 has yet to be discovered and approved. "We just don't know what the long-term impact of those infections will be". "Why take the risk?" he asked.

Meanwhile, more than around 150 pharmaceutical companies are working on vaccines, although their first use can not be expected until early 2021, the World Health Organization said last week Although knowledge about the new virus has advanced, many questions remained unanswered and populations remain vulnerable, Tedros said on Friday.

"Play it safe", he said.

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