Fact check: Coronavirus does not affect young people; Really?

Fact check: Coronavirus does not affect young people; Really?

FACTS | APRIL 22, 2020:

With false information storming various social media platforms, there's a misconception that older people are more at risk from coronavirus and that the virus does not affect the young people as it affects those people who are 50 years and above.

Coronavirus can sicken or kill young people as well and they must also avoid mingling and spreading it to older and more vulnerable people, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a press conference last week said, "I have a message for young people: You are not invincible, 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."

However, Dr. Nand Kumar from AIIMS refuted this claim saying that at the age of 50, people's immune system gets weak and they start suffering from many diseases, hence, they become more prone to the attack from any virus.

Dr Kumar said, it is misconception that corona virus does not affect young people. He said, if the immune system of a young person is weak then he or she becomes prone to the virus attack.

He said, this is possible that after coming in contact with the virus, many young people remain asymptomatic but still they can spread the virus to the people who are symptomatic.

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