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Coronavirus: World Health Organisation boss tells over-60s to avoid crowded areas

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also urged people in this age group to skip routine appointments at GP surgeries and in hospitals.

The head of the World Health Organisation has urged everyone over the age of 60 to avoid crowded areas including trains, buses and even supermarkets to prevent catching coronavirus.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also urged people in this age group to skip routine appointments at GP surgeries and in hospitals.

The WHO director general told his 500,000 Twitter followers: "If you are 60+, or have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing severe #COVID19. Try to avoid crowded areas, or places where you might interact with people who are sick."

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I think all those who say COVID-19 isn't serious are missing the point; COVID-19 has a far higher mortality rate than seasonal flu for certain groups (see this chart). For countries with an aging population like Japan the effects of COVID-19 are critical. With a population that is generally younger, Thailand can perhaps predict the effects as less impactful on the economy. I can understand why the UK is worried; the NHS could be overwhelmed very quickly by a widespread outbreak.