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Age-based discrimination in Covid-19 patient care

Vahid Rashedi, Vahidreza Borhaninejad

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.074


Although all age groups are at risk of contracting Covid-19 disease, older people are facing the highest risk due to ageing and underlying health conditions. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the US have been of adults 65 years old and older. Therefore, the global recommendation for older populations includes social isolation, which involves staying at home and avoiding contact with other people, possibly for an extended period of up to three or four months. Such distancing presents serious challenges to the health and well-being of older adults, more so those who are frail or have multiple chronic conditions.

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