Expect a ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic, World Health Organization warns

People wearing face masks on Oxford Street London as face coverings become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England

As the summer break started in Europe and the United States, young people let down their guards and flocked to beaches and home-made clubs to spend time with friends and have fun.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still constitutes a public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC), and long-term response efforts are needed given an anticipated lengthy duration of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has stressed that the United Nations health agency had declared a top-level public health emergency on January 30, when there were fewer than 100 cases and no deaths outside China, where the virus first emerged.

The director general said evidence suggests that the recent jump in cases in some countries were being driven by younger people.

Indigenous people from the Parque das Tribos community mourn at the funeral of chief Messias of the Kokama tribe, who died from COVID-19, in Manaus, Brazil, on May 14, 2020.

"That's why young people must take the same precautions to protect themselves and protect others as everyone else".

It has been revealed during a World Health Organization briefing that COVID-19 is not subjected to seasonal changes.


World Health Organization 's technical lead for COVID-19 Maria Van Kerkhove lamented in particular that nightclubs in a number of places had become "amplifiers" of transmission.

"We have said it before and we'll say it again: young people are not invincible".

Harris also expressed her concerns regarding COVID-19 cases aligning with "flu season" during winter in the southern hemisphere.

"This disease while it may be mild, it may be moderate, it can affect many organs", he told Thursday's briefing.

In reality, May through now has only seen a surplus in the amount of positive COVID-19 cases across the southern region, while cases also continue to rise internationally.

"Any inflammatory process in the cardiovascular system can lead to longer term heart disease and can actually accelerate other chronic heart conditions that may develop much later in life", he pointed out. "We just don't know what the long-term impact of those infections will be".

"Use your brain... Don't take a risk that you can not quantify".

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