Geneva: On Friday, The World Health Organization said that the original epicenter in China where the outbreak of coronavirus took place having no new cases gives a ray of hope to the rest of the world battling the pandemic.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO’s biggest concern was if the virus took hold in countries with weaker health systems or more vulnerable populations.
Tedros said, although the older population was hardest hit by the disease, the younger population was no lesser at risk, saying they made up many of the sufferers needing hospital treatment.
“Today I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks — or even kill you,” Tedros warned. “Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.
The WHO also said it was now using the term “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing” to describe the need to maintain space between people to avoid the virus passing. Although people may need to go into physical isolation, they did not need to become socially isolated, he said, adding it was important to maintain good mental health during the crisis.
Whilst advising people to maintain their mental and physical health during the crisis, including exercising and eating a healthy diet to help the immune system, Tedros also had a message for the world’s smokers. “Don’t smoke. Smoking can increase your risk of developing severe disease if you become infected with COVID-19,” he said.