Media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros. #coronavirus https://t.co/HrKY9b6cbs— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 20, 2020
While stressing that “every loss of life is a tragedy”, he maintained that it also provides “motivation to double down and do everything we can to stop transmission and save lives”.
Although older people are hardest hit, younger people are not spared, as data from many countries show that those under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.
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“Today, I have a message for young people: You are not invincible”, the WHO chief stressed. “This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you. 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”.
WHO is concerned if COVID-19 should gain a foothold in countries with weaker health systems, or with vulnerable populations, noting that it could lead to significant sickness and loss of life.
“But that is not inevitable”, said Mr. Ghebreyesus. “Unlike any pandemic in history, we have the power to change the way this goes”.
Citing that Wuhan, where coronavirus originated, reported no new cases for the first time since the outbreak started, he said that that “provides hope for the rest of the world, that even the most severe situation can be turned around”.
- Eat a healthy and nutritious diet to help your immune system function properly.
- Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid sugary drinks.
- Don’t smoke as this can increase the risk of developing severe disease if infected with COVID-19.
- Exercise 30 minutes each day for adults and one hour daily for children.
- If working at home, get up and take a three-minute break every half hour.
- For good mental health, listen to music, read a book or play a game.
- Speak to friends and loved ones.
- Try not to read or watch too much news if it makes you anxious.
- Get information from reliable sources once or twice a day.
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