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Population health experts at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) have published research examining why COVID-19 poses such a severe threat to older people compared to other age groups.The paper highlights that 80 percent of deaths in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States have been in adults aged over 65, and that data from April 2020 shows a COVID-19 mortality rate of 4–11 percent for those aged 65-84 and 10-25 percent in those aged 85 and over.
The research details the biological, social, demographic, behavioral and healthcare-related factors which increase the vulnerability of people aged 65 and over to respiratory pandemics. It also highlights that governments around the world have failed to learn from earlier coronavirus outbreaks, overlooking the threat posed to older people by the current pandemic and consequently failing to take adequate action to protect this vulnerable group.
Dr. Sathya Doraiswamy, Assistant Director of the Institute for Population Health (IPH) at WCM-Q, is the lead author of the research. He said: “Qatar has been very proactive in terms of protecting its population of older people, but in many other countries there has been complacency, a failure to learn the lessons of previous respiratory disease outbreaks like SARS and MERS, and poorly coordinated responses leading …
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