“Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization,” the agency’s director-general said at a press briefing on Friday.

He then urged young people directly to take the threat of Covid-19 seriously: “This coronavirus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you.”

Tedros added that even if younger people show mild or even no symptoms after contracting the virus, “the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”

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