Study released this week found that the young have just as much to fear from COVID-19 as the elderly, World Health Organization officials said.
If the pattern continues for several days, Italian officials say, it will be a sign that Italy may have finally turned a corner in its battle with COVID-19.
The date of March 21 was the day we experienced the most loss of life due to coronavirus.
I am grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus, he said.
"This coronavirus could put you in hospital for weeks, or even kill you". "Even if we do everything else right, if we don't prioritise protecting health workers many people will die because the health worker who could have saved their life is sick".
Tedros also said that those materials must be distributed fairly and arrive where they are needed most. Over the 24 hours before the report, there were over 26,000 new cases and 1,600 new deaths.
"We will work hard on the vaccines, the vaccines will come, but we need to get down and do what we need to do now".
He said solidarity between the generations was one of the keys to defeating the spread of the pandemic.
The World Health Organization [WHO] has partnered with WhatsApp to bring facts about Covid-19 to people around the globe, launching an easy to use service which allows people to ask questions via the popular messaging service.
"We can keep connected in many ways without physically being in the same space", said Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the WHO's emerging diseases unit.
As he took stock of the state of the global fight against COVID-19, Tedros echoed many leaders in calling for solutions to ease a risky shortage of personal protective equipment such as N-95 face masks and gloves.
WhatsApp, the world's most widely used messaging service, in owned by Facebook.
It is now only available in English but will add support for Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish over the coming weeks.