Young people ‘not invincible’ in COVID-19 pandemic: WHO Chief, 8/1/20

COVID-19 pandemic

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Photo Credit: UN News

Although older people are among those at highest risk of COVID–19, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded younger generations that they are “not invincible” when it comes to the disease. Evidence suggests that the spike in cases in some countries is partly due to younger people “letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer”, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday.

“We have said it before and we’ll say it again: young people are not invincible”, he told journalists. “Young people can be infected; young people can die; and young people can transmit the virus to others.” He stressed that the world's youth “should be leaders and drivers of change” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine don't block coronavirus infection of human lung cells by Katherine Seley-Radtke for The Conversation, 8/8/20

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A paper came out in Nature on July 22 that further underscores earlier studies that show that neither the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine nor chloroquine prevents SARS–CoV–2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – from replicating in lung cells.

The new study was carried out by scientists in Germany who tested HCQ on a collection of different cell types to figure out why this drug doesn’t prevent the virus from infecting humans.

Their findings clearly show that that HQC can block the coronavirus from infecting kidney cells from the African green monkey. But it does not inhibit the virus in human lung cells – the primary site of infection for the SARS– CoV–2 virus.


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