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WHO wants young people to know they are not invincible from coronavirus

BY , Mar 20, 2020 9:45 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Ventilators from Fanshawe College are loaded into a van for delivery to the London Health Sciences Centre is in this handout photo. The novel coronavirus shut down the respiratory therapy program at Fanshawe College, but didn't stop the London, Ontario school from supplying much needed front line equipment to fight COVID-19. Prof. David Wall, a respiratory therapist at Fanshawe College, said an empty laboratory stocked with idle ventilators was not the best use of equipment that can save lives during a pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, David Wall *MANDATORY CREDIT*

The head of the World Health Organization wants young people to know they are not invincible when it comes to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says older people are hardest hit by COVID-19, but data from many countries shows people aged 50 and under make up a ``significant proportion'' of patients who need hospitalization.

He is also advising people to be mindful of mental health at a time of rising anxiety about the outbreak.

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