coronavirus. & nbsp; “Data-reactid =” 41 “> Experts have warned that more people in their 30s and 40s are seriously ill after being infected with a coronavirus.
COVID-19 has mainly killed elderly people or people with underlying health conditions, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that other age groups are increasingly affected.
WHO epidemiologist Dr Maria van Kerkhove said: “What we really need to focus on right now is what is the age profile of people in intensive care (intensive care units) ).
“We are seeing more and more people in the youngest age group – in their 30s, 40s, 50s – who are in intensive care and are dying (in Italy and China).
She added, “But we still have time before we can really understand what mortality looks like in different countries. I therefore urge you to take these mortality rates with caution when comparing between countries. “
WHO said on Friday that medical masks should be a priority for health workers, but this has opened the door to greater public use of homemade masks or other mouth covers to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
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He said there was some possibility of airborne transmission of the virus which has infected more than a million people and killed 50,000 people worldwide since its emergence in China last December.
Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s leading emergency expert, said: “We must preserve surgical surgical masks for our frontline workers.
“But the idea of using respiratory protection or mouth protection to prevent coughing or sneezing that projects disease into the environment and to others … that is not a bad idea in itself. “
The main driver of the pandemic is still believed to be sick people with symptoms that cough, sneeze and contaminate surfaces or other people.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is the main US official responsible for infectious diseases, said Friday that Americans should cover their faces if they had to go in public, but qu ‘They should remain isolated as much as possible.
Dr. Ryan recognized a “very important and healthy debate” about wearing masks.
He said if they were used, they should be part of an overall strategy and would not negate the need for hand washing and social distancing.
Dr Ryan added: “So we can certainly see circumstances in which the use of masks, both homemade and cloth, at the community level can help a comprehensive overall response to this disease. “