Translated by: Muhammad Merah –
For a long period of time, Dave and Nancy Nathan were discussing whether they should go on a tourist trip that they had planned for a long time, and the trip was on the occasion of Dave’s 80th birthday, while his wife Nancy was 84 years old, but Ziada The numbers of people infected with Corona virus recently in the United States of America made them hesitant about this.
Both spouses are retired, and they have been wary since the beginning of the spread of the Corona virus in the world, they are aware that infection with the virus is very dangerous for them when they are of this age, and they have avoided going out of the house and going to supermarkets, and decided to content themselves with the delivery services that bring them with everything they ask of Grocery or eat.
Most public health officials have warned the elderly, and have asked them to stay at home, except for food, medicine or outdoor sports, but with the reopening of the United States, it has become more complicated.
“A lot of people are really confused about what to do in the coming period, especially for the elderly,” says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University.
In the United States, according to data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that coronary deaths increase with the age of the person living with the virus, and that deaths are often confined between the ages of 65 and 85 years or more.
A large study in England stated that patients over 80 years of age are 20 times more likely to die than those in their fifties.
And Dr. Schaffner says: “While the risk of infection with the new virus does not seem higher for people over 65 years of age, but once infected, the virus is worse for them,” adding: “Even if the elderly recovered after being infected with the virus, there is a possibility Not to return to the same level of physical and mental competence that they were ».
“The least dangerous thing today is staying at home,” Dr. Schaffner added.
Isolate the elderly
This, and the experts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology went to support this strategy, which Dr. Schaffner spoke about, in a recent paper they pointed out that the closure should be according to age.
They suggested protecting people over 65 years of age by isolating them for about 18 months in homes until the vaccine was available. Young people with fewer health risks can return to work.
“We can have fewer deaths and less economic pain,” said co-author Michael Winston.
In March, when he and three of his colleagues developed their model, they wanted to avoid two extreme possibilities, the first: expecting the death of two million Americans if the country did not close, and the second: economic devastation if such a closure occurred.
Find a balance
“We have to find a balance between maintaining safety and living,” said Dr. Linda Fried, an Geriatrician and dean of the School of Public Health at Columbia University, Columbia. “We all need to do some things to preserve our mental health and well-being.”
“It is quite unusual, I think this has not been seen before.” This means that the elderly need to consider their health status individually when determining the precautions that must be taken, because their immune systems are less powerful, and it is difficult to survive after being infected. With the virus.
They are also more likely to develop other diseases such as diabetes, serious heart disease, or lung or kidney disease, and all of these diseases when combined with infection with corona virus become the risk of death greater.
“If you are an elderly person but you are vibrant and you do not have chronic diseases, you may be more flexible,” added Dr. Linda Fried, but added, “There are no guarantees of that.”
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