The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vulnerability of older people to high mortality, but due to their age and due to prevalent comorbidities such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes (NUNES et al., 2020).
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A Pandemia da COVID-19 evidenciou a vulnerabilidade da população idosa em relação à exposição a doenças respiratórias de causa viral.
In one district, pension funds were diverted to make payments under the Centre’s Covid-19 relief package
Estimates of excess all-cause mortality are the most effective way to assess the impact of COVID-19 mortality on people of all ages, including older adults.
“Older people’s livelihoods, income security and access to social protection during COVID-19 and beyond”, Florian Juergens, Global Advisor – Social Protection, HelpAge International.
COVID-19 disproportionally affects poor and marginalized populations who are more exposed to the virus and have fewer resources to protect themselves. Multidimensional poverty – lack of access to water, undernutrition, and exposure
to air pollution – increases the risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 .
A call for WHO and Global Health Agencies to address the exclusion of older people from trials and research in vaccines and health interventions.
Why were older people either absent or only marginally represented in trials of many COVID-19 vaccines? What lessons can we take from this moving forward?