WHO warns partying kids to not ‘let down guard’ on COVID-19

Geneva, July 30

Young folks letting down their guard to benefit from the summer time holidays are partly driving a spike in new COVID-19 circumstances in some international locations, the World Health Organization stated on Thursday.

A contemporary soar in circumstances in components of Europe, the United States and Asia has fuelled fears of a second wave of latest coronavirus infections and prompted some international locations to impose new restrictions on journey.

“We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: young people are not invincible,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus instructed a information briefing in Geneva.

Evidence means that latest spikes of circumstances in some international locations are being “driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer”, he stated.

The chief of the northeastern Spanish area of Catalonia on Monday warned younger folks to cease partying to assist halt a surge in new circumstances or native authorities might must re-impose harsh restrictions.

Britain and several other different European international locations have positioned restrictions on journey to Spain.

Maria Van Kerkhove, a prime WHO epidemiologist, instructed the identical briefing that nightclubs have been “amplifiers of transmission”.

“The majority of young people infected tend to have more mild disease. But that’s not always consistent,” she stated.

The WHO this month urged travellers to put on masks on planes and hold themselves knowledgeable as COVID-19 circumstances surge once more in some international locations.

The WHO had stated in June that it will replace its journey pointers forward of the northern hemisphere summer time holidays, however has not but achieved so.

Its earlier steering for travellers has included common sense recommendation relevant to different settings corresponding to social distancing, washing fingers and avoiding touching your eyes, nostril or mouth. Reuters

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