COVID-19 emergency committee highlights need for response efforts over long-term

WHO: Young people not cautious enough about virus

The WHO Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus under the International Health Regulations (IHR), held its fourth meeting on Friday (July 31), WHO said in an online statement released on Saturday.

"Although older people are at a higher risk of severe disease, younger people are at risk too".

"We have said it before and we'll say it again; young people are not invincible".

The World Health Organization issued an advisory for young people to follow the safety protocols of COVID-19 Prevention seriously including wearing masks, informing that the increase in coronavirus cases in a number of countries was being driven by young people who were not taking safety measures seriously.

More than 16.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, including some 662,000 deaths, have been reported to the World Health Organization globally as of Thursday afternoon, according to its latest dashboard on the disease.

"Many countries demonstrated with determination and the right action transmission can be disturbed and lives can be saved", said Ghebreyesus.

Kerkhove noted that young people need to contribute more to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

"The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come", Tedros informed a conference of the WHO's emergency situation committee, according to remarks launched by the company.

The newly established Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health, announced on Thursday, will support WHO's ongoing work in this area.

"COVID-19 is extremely infectious and no one is immune".

"That's why behavioural science is so important - it helps us to understand how people make decisions, so we can support them to make the best decisions for their health".

"Our starting point is that health involves behaviour".

The WHO chief said young people who have great potential to be leaders and "drivers of change" must be more careful in ensuring that they are following all steps to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

"The pandemic does not mean life has to stop", Tedros said.

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