Younger people spread covid unknowingly; WHO  

Young people who are in their 20s 30s and 40s are carriers of Covid 19 virus and the deadly virus is increasingly driven by these groups of people, according to the World Health Organization.

In a virtual media briefing, WHO Western Pacific regional director Takeshi Kasai said that the WHO was concerned about the spread of covid 19 by these groups of people, who are unaware that they are actually infected. They transmit the virus unknowingly.

This increases the risk that the vulnerable (elderly and sick people) who live in densely populated areas are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, he added.

“The pandemic is changing. People in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving the spread. Many are unaware they are infected. This increases the risk of spill over to the more vulnerable,” he said. The WHO had already cautioned that infection among younger generation was on a rise, putting the vulnerable sectors at a higher risk.

With respect to several countries witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases, Kasai said that it was simply not resurgence but was a signal that Asia Pacific was seeing a new phase of the pandemic. Several countries had to re-impose the restrictions that were once relaxed.


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