Who: From the coronavirus in the world is dying more and more young people

“We are seeing more and more young people who have severe disease,” – said at a briefing in the headquarters of the organization in Geneva Dr. Maria van Kerov, head of the who, new diseases. She added that the organization received data from a number of European countries, reflecting an increase in the number of victims of the pandemic among young people.

Photo: Sergey Mikheev/RG the head Physician of the hospital in Kommunarka told about the age of the patients COVID-19

According to Kerov, the pandemic raises a number of questions about the coronavirus, including why some people the disease develops into a severe form, while others do not. She added that as the virus spread to other countries and collecting new clinical data researchers learn more about the behaviour of the virus.

At the beginning of the pandemic, it was believed that the virus primarily affects patients over 65 years, which in many countries at the time of isolation is strictly forbidden out of the house. However, in recent weeks in several countries, the rise of cases and deaths from COVID-19 persons from 30 to 50 years.

a mistake to assume that a serious virus only affects the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions, said Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the who programme on emergency situations. In Italy, which recorded one of the largest outbreaks of the pandemic in the world, from 10% to 15% of all people are in intensive care, younger than 50 years. According to him, in South Korea, one in six deaths are people younger than 60 years.

the Doctor explained why the coronavirus switched on young

“over the past few months had a tendency to almost neglect to the virus: “Say, this disease affects older people, and young people all right, but it was not so,” said Ryan, beforebavel that young people it is important to take measures to prevent the spread of the virus, not only for their protection, but also to curb the spread of the pandemic and the protection of other categories of citizens who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 .

the who previously warned that the virus can infect young people as well as elderly, and can occur in severe and life-threatening forms. Last month, world health officials cited a study in China, which was viewed 2143 cases of children COVID-19. They were treated at the Chinese centers for control and prevention of diseases in the period from 16 January to 8 February.