Covid-19 and Immunity in the Elderly

Hom Nath Chalise (Faculty Member, Department of Public Health, Nobel College affiliated to Pokhara University, Sinamangal,Kathmandu, Nepal;Vice President, Population Association of Nepal, Kathmandu Nepal)
Edwin Rosenberg (Department of Sociology, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 28608, USA)

Article ID: 2049

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jgm.v2i1.2049

Abstract


Population ageing is an issue of worldwide importance. People are living longer due to advances in education, technology, medicine, food distribution, and public health. While the COVID-19 pandemic has significant global impacts, in many countries the elderlyface threats and challenges that are unique and disproportionately severe. One such threat is that aging results in a decline in immune function, meaning elderly bodies respond more slowly and less effectively to external threats like COVID-19. Responses at individual, family, community and societal levels should take into account the heightened vulnerability of older adults during this pandemic.


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Coronavirus;COVID-19; Older adults; Immune system

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