As opposed to the widely accepted notion that older people are more likely to be infected with the coronavirus, a new study by the World Health Organisation reveals that more younger people are now falling severely ill due to COVID-19. A report in Daily Mail quotes Dr Mike Ruyan, the executive director of WHO’s emergency programme saying both in Italy and South Korea, the patients infected with COVID-19 admitted to the ICUs were below 60 years of age. In Italy, he said, at least 10 per cent to 15 per cent people in the ICU over the past six weeks aged under 50. Also Read - Asthmatic Man, 40, Dies of Coronavirus in Scotland Hours After Telling Wife 'I Can't Keep Fighting it'
The doctor also emphasised on people’s lack of awareness about the disease and a blind belief that it could only infect the elderly people. “It’s not that anything has changed. It’s that we collectively have been living in a world where we have tried to convince ourselves that this disease is mild and more severe in older people. But I think the evidence has been there all along,” he said. Also Read - Trending News Today April 04, 2020: America Finally Comes up With Coronavirus Vaccine? International Poll of 6,000 Doctors Back Trump's Anti-Malaria Drug
Another official from WHO, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove mentioned they see ‘more and more younger individuals experiencing the severe disease dying in ICUs’ and the reasons are relatively unknown for most of them don’t even have any lung-related disorder.”What we were seeing in some countries, individuals who are in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are in ICUs and have died,” she said. Also Read - Did Ayurvedic Treatment Cure Prince Charles of COVID-19? Here's The Truth
Maria, who’s also WHO’s COVID-19 technical lead, added that the organisation needs a ‘better understanding’ of why young people are dying from the infection because not everything about the virus is still known.