- Young people are considered those in their 20s, 30s and 40s, according to the WHO.
Many young people are considered asymptomatic or have mild symptoms for COVID-19, which means they pass on the virus without knowing they even had it, Takeshi Kasai, WHO’s regional director for the Western Pacific said on Tuesday, CNBC reports.
This increases the risk of spillovers to the most vulnerable, the elderly, the sick in long-term care, people who live in densely populated urban areas and underserved rural areas. — Kasai said.
There have been 6 million cases from Feb. 24 to July 12. The data of those cases showed an increase in cases for children and young people, according to Al Jazeera.
- Children ages 0 to 4 years old grew 0.3% to 2.2%.
- Those 5 to 14 jumped from 0.8% to 4.6%
- Those 15 to 24 jumped 4.5% to 15%.
“While we see differences across regions, we do see a consistent shift towards more younger people being reported among COVID-19 cases,” the WHO told Al Jazeera.