WHO boss to World Young People: You are Spreading the Word and Not the Virus

EYEVFRICA TV: Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organisation’s Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is exited about the action of the world’s young people in the awareness raising campaigns about COVID-19 around the world, saying they are spreading the word and not the virus.

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing on March 20, the Director-General said although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.

He said data from many countries clearly showed that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.

To increase access to reliable information, WHO has worked with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a new WHO Health Alert messaging service. The WhatsApp-based service will provide vital information about COVID-19 to millions of people through their mobile phones.

The services use an AI chatbot to provide updated information on the pandemic, including how one can protect him or herself, questions and answers, and the latest news and press coverage.

The WHO boss further reminded young people that they are not invincible and the virus could put them in hospital for weeks, or even kill them.

According to him, solidarity between countries and between age groups is the key to defeating COVID-19.

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