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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 136-137

Emphasizing the role of youth in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Submission19-May-2020
Date of Acceptance21-May-2020
Date of Web Publication11-Sep-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_40_20

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  Abstract 


The ongoing Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the lives of the population from all age-groups and the effects have been way beyond the health dimension. Even though, the initial treatment outcomes have suggested that elderly people are more at risk to develop severe forms of the disease, but it is important to remember that even the younger people are not spared from the infection. In-fact, the epidemiological data obtained from most of the nations has revealed that people less than 50 years of age constitute a significant share of the patients. As it is a well-known fact that no nation or community or individual is immune to the infection, in these challenging times, each and every section of society, including the young people, should take adequate steps to restore their physical and mental well-being. In conclusion, the support of young people in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 infection is extremely crucial and they should extend their complete support and adhere to the national recommendations in these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, young people, world health organization


How to cite this article:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Emphasizing the role of youth in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic. J Sci Soc 2020;47:136-7

How to cite this URL:
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Emphasizing the role of youth in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic. J Sci Soc [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 23];47:136-7. Available from: https://www.jscisociety.com/text.asp?2020/47/2/136/294795




  Introduction Top


The ongoing corona virus disease2019 (COVID19) pandemic has impacted the lives of the population from all age groups and the effects have been way beyond the health dimension, with significant consequences on the social and economic dimensions of the life. The global trends suggest that a total of 4618821 cases and 311847 deaths have been linked to the infection worldwide, amounting to a global case fatality rate of 6.75%.[1] The novel viral infection has been reported across all regions and almost all the nations and territories are facing the brunt of the disease in the absence of a vaccine or a potent therapeutic agent.[1]

COVID-19 deaths

The findings obtained from different clinical studies has indicated that the case fatality rate is higher among the elderly people and those sections of society which already have a preexisting chronic illness.[1],[2] In fact, it has been reported that the incidence of elderly people to land up in severe forms of disease, which is measured in terms of the pneumonia severity index is significantly higher when compared with the diagnosed cases from the young and middleaged group of people.[3] Although these results clearly justify the need to safeguard the elderly people from acquiring the infection, it is important to remember that even the younger people are not spared from the infection.[3],[4]

COVID-19 in adults

In fact, the epidemiological data obtained from most of the nations has revealed that people <50 years of age constitute a significant share of the patients who needs admission to hospital in the process of recovery from the infection.[2] In other words, it is not like the young people can ignore the disease, as the causative organism is potent enough to hospitalize any population group, and might even account for a fatal outcome. Further, the young people should be smart enough regarding their decision to visit any place and the practice to strictly adhere to the standard infection prevention and control measures, as it not only compromises their health, but even the other family members, including children and elderly who are in the home and who become a susceptible population to acquire the infection.[2],[4]

Safeguarding young population

As it is a wellknown fact that no nation or community or individual is immune to the infection, in these challenging times, each and every section of society, including the young people, should take adequate steps to restore their physical and mental wellbeing.[2] As it is expected that the battle against COVID19 will be long, our better health will help us to fight the infection, in case we acquire the infection. It is important that young people and even others should make healthy choices such as consumption of a healthy and nutritious diet, restricting the amount of alcohol intake, refrain from smoking (linked to poor therapeutic outcomes), and avoid sugary drinks.[2],[5]

Other potential recommendations

In addition, it has been envisaged that young people should indulge in 30 min of physical activity each day, which could be either in terms of outside walking or running (if the condition permits and ensure social distancing) or doing some form of exercise or yoga indoors.[2] All the young people who are working from home should aim to take a 3min break every half an hour and not sit in the same place for long periods of time, as the recommendation of staying at home can go for prolonged duration of time. At the same time, for the restoration of mental health, we should avoid listening or reading about COVID19 throughout the day, instead spend time with family members, listen to music or other forms of stressbusters and give a shot toward encouraging your hobby.[2],[4]


  Conclusion Top


In conclusion, the support of young people in minimizing the spread of the COVID19 infection is extremely crucial and they should extend their complete support and adhere to the national recommendations in these difficult times of COVID19 pandemic.

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  References Top

1.
World Health Organization. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 119. World Health Organization; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200518-covid-19-sitrep-119.pdf?sfvrsn=4bd9de25_4. [Last accessed on 2020 May 19].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
World Health Organization. WHO Director-General's Opening Remarks at the Media Briefing on COVID-19-20 March 2020. World Health Organization; 2020. Available from: https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-opening-remarks-at-the-media-briefing-on-covid-19---20-march-2020. [Last accessed on 2020 May 19].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Liu K, Chen Y, Lin R, Han K. Clinical features of COVID-19 in elderly patients: A comparison with young and middle-aged patients. J Infect 2020;80:e14-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Karan A. To control the covid-19 outbreak, young, healthy patients should avoid the emergency department. BMJ 2020;368:m1040.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
Vardavas CI, Nikitara K. COVID-19 and smoking: A systematic review of the evidence. Tob Induc Dis 2020;18:20.  Back to cited text no. 5
    




 

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