Young people can get sick and die from COVID-19 too.
Czar of COVID-19 in Barbados, Richard Carter, stressed that young people were not immune to the highly contagious illness during a recent discussion on Brass Tacks Sunday.
“Young persons may get a milder form of COVID, or may be better able to deal with it if they get the illness, but they are by no means immune. They are also by no means at zero risk of getting gravely ill,” Mr. Carter emphasized.
He pointed out that based on data from countries with large numbers of COVID-19 cases, there were children as young as 10 years old, who died after contracting the virus.
Mr. Carter warned young people that they could be carriers of the coronavirus, and insisted that they had an obligation to protect their loved ones.
“You have a responsibility not just to protect yourself, but to protect your parents, your grandparents, to protect those persons who may live in the household with you, and that message has gone out several times …. The message is clear, you are not immune and further than that, you are placing other people at risk,” the COVID-19 Czar stressed.
Young persons have been encouraged to continue to observe the measures Government put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include staying indoors unless they need to access essential services; maintaining physical distances of at least six feet between themselves and others when outdoors, and practising good hygiene.