Doctors in Lombardy, Italy the hardest hit region have given a stark warning telling young people you can still die from coronavirus as “you are not invincible.”
Young people have the misconception that because they are young and perhaps somewhat fitter than most elderly, they are immune.
However, people with no underlying health conditions are dying who are in their 20s and upwards.
Dr Antonio Pesenti, the head of Lombardy’s intensive crisis care unit, said lots of younger people are infected and are being admitted to intensive care units.
Dr Pesenti told Sky News, “50% of our patients in the intensive care unit, which are the most severe patients, are over 65-years old.
“But that means that the other 50% of our patients are younger than 65.
“We have patients who are 20-years old or 30-years old, quite a few, and those are severe like the old ones.”
He added, “younger people are usually healthier, so they survive more.”
Speaking at an online press conference in Geneva on Friday, director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Every day, we are learning more about this virus and the disease it causes.
“One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.
“Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalisation.
“Today, I have a message for young people: you are not invincible. This virus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you.
“Even if you don’t get sick, the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else.
“I’m grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus.”
The announcement comes as England had 39 more deaths now totalling 178 in England, the largest rise in 24 hours, with 4,014 confirmed coronavirus cases across the UK.
Johnson told the UK via a televised press briefing “You’re sacrifice [by social distancing and self-isolation] means we are putting the country in a better and stronger position and we will be able to save thousands of lives.
“It’s becoming clear that social gatherings need to be reduced by 75% and “we need now to make it absolutely clear we are enforcing measures.”