WHO official to young people: 'Ask yourself the question: Do I really need to go to that party?'

WHO official to young people: 'Ask yourself the question: Do I really need to go to that party?'
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Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) pleaded for young people to reconsider going to social gatherings as they become the demographic increasingly affected by the coronavirus. 

“Younger people also need to take on board that they have a responsibility," WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan said in an online discussion Wednesday"Ask yourself the question: Do I really need to go to that party?...Do I really need to be there and what are the consequences of doing that?”

Ryan noted that globally young people are now contracting COVID-19 at higher rates than seniors, who have been taking more precautions to avoid contracting the virus. Though young people die of the virus far less often than older patients, they still contribute to the spread, he said. 

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“If community transmission is high, then everybody is at risk,” Ryan said. “Maybe at different risks in different situations, but everybody is at risk… Young people have a huge opportunity to drive down transmission.”

Ryan said another issue health officials are facing with young people is their hesitancy to cooperate with contact tracers.

“It's tough but it is what is needed to stop the virus," he said.