The WHO’s Emergency Health Chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, said Thursday that although the Corona virus affects its acute forms mainly on the elderly or those who already suffer from other diseases, the disease, even in its mild forms, “can Affects many members. “
He said Covid-19 “causes inflammation in the lungs, but it has also been shown that this inflammatory process can extend to the cardiovascular system and to the blood, heart, and other organs”, adding: “We do not know what its long-term effect will be.”
He stressed that “risk-averse self-exposure is not present. The risks at present cannot be clearly identified.”Earlier Thursday, the Director-General of the World Health Organization warned young people that they are not immune to the threat of the emerging coronavirus while they are being treated lightly in some countries, which leads to increased rates of transmission of the virus.
“We said that and say it again: Young people can get infected, young people can die, and young people can transmit the virus,” Tidros Adhanum Gebresos said during a press conference.He said: “It seems that the resurgence of the epidemic in some countries is due in part to the disregard of the measures by young people during the summer in the northern hemisphere,” and urged them to “take the same precautions as others to protect themselves from the virus and protect others.”
Tedros insisted that “young people should be at the forefront of change” in new social situations introduced by the epidemic such as physical distance, hand washing and masking when it is impossible to get away.
Maria Van Kirkhoff, WHO official, said that nightclubs in particular “increase the transmission of the virus.”
The resurgence of the virus has been observed in European countries, where young people on vacation go to bars or organize parties on the beaches.
And the health authorities in Canada warned last weekend that those under the age of 39 in Canada constitute a clear majority of new cases.
The epidemic has killed nearly 670,000 people worldwide among more than 17 million infections since the end of December.