The World Health Organization has issued a stark warning to young people during the novel coronavirus pandemic who believe their age may protect them from the disease.
"Today, I have a message for young people: You are not invincible. This coronavirus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you. Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday.
Tedros said he is grateful so many young people are, “spreading the word and not the virus” adding, “every day, we are learning more about this coronavirus and the disease it causes. One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.”
"Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization,” Tedros said.
The World Health Organization is also urging everyone to maintain healthy habits during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"During this difficult time, it’s important to continue looking after your physical and mental health. This will not only help you in the long-term, it will also help you fight Covid if you get it," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a media briefing in Geneva on Friday.
"If your local or national guidelines allow it, go outside for a walk, a run or a ride and keep a safe distance from others. If you can’t leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, do some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs," Tedros said. "Get your information from reliable sources once or twice a day.”
Tedros recommended to maintain a healthy diet, don't smoke, limit your alcohol intake, avoid sugary drinks and stay physically active.
"WHO recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, and one hour a day for children," Tedros said.
"If you’re working at home, make sure you don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Get up and take a 3-minute break every 30 minutes," Tedros said. "We will be providing more advice on how to stay healthy at home in the coming days and weeks.”