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Medical students in virus-hit countries urge youth to stay home

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 28, 2020   /   12:11 pm
Medical students in virus-hit countries urge youth to stay home The message urges youngsters and young adults to stay put and avoid going out, because if the social distancing appeal is not adhered to, wearing masks and washing hands will not be enough to flatten the curve. (Shutterstock/FrankHH)

Medical students from Malaysia and Singapore, Ian Soh, Aaron Goh and Klaus Tan, have started the #MoreViralThanTheVirus campaign.

It is an initiative that urges youngsters to stay home to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

A letter translated into 27 different languages can be found in their website.

“We stand in solidarity with the World Health Organization [WHO] and Dr. Tedros Adhanom in the global fight against COVID-19,” they said in a statement.

“We are medical students from the countries most affected by COVID-19. We need your help to fight for our generation. Let’s change the situation with responsibility,” they added.

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The campaign was created after observing the worrying attitudes of many young adults around the world regarding the pandemic.

“We believe our message is timely and relevant as recent news has stated that this age bracket forms the largest group of cases in Singapore.”

The message urges youngsters and young adults to stay put and avoid going out, because if the social distancing appeal is not adhered to, wearing masks and washing hands will not be enough to flatten the curve.

“Victory is near when our distance is far,” the statement concluded.

As of Friday, Malaysia tops the number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with 2,031 cases, 24 deaths and 215 recoveries, while Singapore has 683 cases, two deaths and 172 recoveries. (gis/wng)


If you want to help in the fight against COVID-19, we have compiled an up-to-date list of community initiatives designed to aid medical workers and low-income people in this article. Link: [UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak