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People Aged 20 to 40 Spreading Coronavirus Mostly; WHO Warns

People Aged 20 to 40 Spreading Coronavirus Mostly; WHO Warns

  The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday (Aug. 18) urged governments worldwide to “redouble efforts” to slow the spread of coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19, as transmission is being driven by people aged 20 to 40 years old.

At an online press briefing, Dr. Tamano Matsui, the WHO Western Pacific region’s program manager for health emergency information and risk assessment, said that while the elderly are more vulnerable to the severest effects of the disease, experts have seen recently that more infections are being found among younger people.

At an online press briefing, Dr. Tamano Matsui said that while the elderly are more vulnerable to the severest effects of the disease, experts have seen recently that more infections are being found among younger people.

Data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that as of Aug. 15, half of the more than 157,000 COVID-19 cases, or 79,222, are among those aged 20 to 39.

What concerns WHO, she said, is that infected people under 40 tend to have mild or no symptoms.

“So they can transmit the virus in vulnerable settings without knowing it,” said Matsui.

Data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed that as of Aug. 15, half of the more than 157,000 COVID-19 cases, or 79,222, are among those aged 20 to 39.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire earlier explained that working age groups composed majority of those infected since they are the ones allowed to go out and were more likely to contract the virus and pass it on to their family members.

“The pandemic is changing. People in their 20s, 30s and 40s are increasingly driving its spread,” said Dr. Takeshi Kasai, WHO Western Pacific regional director.

“This increases the risk of spillovers to the most vulnerable: the elderly, the sick, people in long-term care, people who live in densely populated urban areas and underserved rural areas,” Kasai said.

“We must redouble efforts to stop the virus from moving into vulnerable communities,” he added.

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