A World Health Organization (WHO) top official is worried that millennials and other younger people aren't taking the COVID-19 seriously. He's upset that they're not conforming to the stay at home order.
Sounds to me like he's upset because they aren't being the little herd of sheep that they'd hoped for.
“This is one of the most serious diseases you will face in your lifetime, and recognize that and respect it,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Thursday.
“One of the things that terrifies me now is, as this is spread in the west is, there’s this sense of invulnerability among millennials,” he continued. “We don’t understand why some young healthy people progress to severe disease and even die, and others don’t. Never, never underestimate a new disease, there’s just too much unknown.”
While the risks of severe complications or death are much higher for older people and those with underlying health conditions, Aylward says COVID-19 is more dangerous for young people than many realize.
Aylward’s warning comes on the heels of the release of a preliminary analysis on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggests 38% of coronavirus patients in the U.S. who were sick enough to be hospitalized were under the age of 55.
“Ten percent of the people who are in ICUs in Italy are in their 20s, 30s or 40s, these are young, healthy people with no co-morbidities, no other diseases,” he added.
The doctor, who lead a joint WHO-China mission into China in February to study the effectiveness of the coronavirus response in the country, says frontline doctors there couldn’t pinpoint what factors were leading the virus to kill some young people. “They said, ‘We simply don’t know.'”
Earlier this week, French health ministry official Jérome Salomon said half of the 300 to 400 coronavirus patients treated in ICUs in Paris were younger than 65. And half of the ICU patients in the Netherlands were younger than 50, according to a study of hospital admissions presented at a conference of intensive care specialists
“There are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about some young people getting seriously ill, and very seriously ill in the ICUs,” U.S. coronavirus task force response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, said on Wednesday.
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