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PAHO warns on peaks of Covid-19 infection among youngsters

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned about the increase of transmission peaks of Covid-19 among young people in the Americas, a region that has so far registered more than 17 million cases of the disease.

According to a statement issued by the institution, the new coronavirus is spreading more easily among young people who have mild or asymptomatic symptoms and, therefore, are not aware of their infection.

‘In the United States, young people, especially those between the ages of 20 and 29, represent 20 percent of the new cases; although many will not become ill or need a bed in intensive care units, this does not mean that they are immune to the development of the serious effects of Covid-19,’ the document indicates.

It also refers to the fact that the elderly and people with diabetes or hypertension continue to be vulnerable, so everyone at any age is called upon to continue wearing masks, practice physical distancing to protect themselves and avoid exposing others.

The director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa Etienne, also emphasized care among sensitive populations such as indigenous peoples and migrants in the region.

Etienne said that in the last 60 days, 11 countries and territories in the Caribbean went from moderate to intense transmission, ‘which is a worrying development as countries reopen their airspace.

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