WHO officials warned that while a young person’s risk of death is generally low, they may suffer from long-term symptoms even after they recover.
According to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a press conference, “We have said it before and we will say it again, young people are not invincible. Young people can be infected, young people can die and young people can transmit the virus to others.”
Convincing younger people across the globe that the virus could pose a serious risk for their health remains a challenge for WHO, Tedros said.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, Head of the WHO’s Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses Unit said, “Majority of younger people tend to have milder forms of COVID-19, but that’s not always the case. Some younger people have gotten seriously sick and died.”
“Even people who have mild disease, some of them will go on to recover just fine. But some of them have longer-term effects, and we are just starting to really learn about this,” she added.
There are a number of things young people can do to prevent spreading the virus, including washing their hands, practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and avoiding crowded places like bars.