The World Health Organization just put out a warning saying young people are the main drivers for how the coronavirus is spreading.
This is worrisome as many colleges and schools begin to re-open.
Worldwide, more than half of the recent infections in the last few weeks, have been seen among people in their 20s, 30’s and 40s. And health officials say that’s a big difference from how the virus was spreading in the initial months of the pandemic.
Many are unaware that they are spreading the disease, Because symptoms are often milder among people in these age groups,
But this spread can be catastrophic, when young people unknowingly spread the virus to older people and those with underlying health issues.
For this reason, the global health organization is pleading with young people NOT to indulge in risky behaviors – like attending crowded parties – as the pandemic keeps going.
Many colleges and universities have put elaborate plans in place, to prevent COVID from spreading among student populations.
And some colleges are asking students to sign an honor pledge, promising to wear a mask and social distance.
We will see how well these efforts work as college students here in the U.S. begin moving into dorms and classrooms over the next few weeks.