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Likelihood of COVID-19 reinfection low, but elderly at increased risk, study finds

Likelihood of COVID-19 reinfection low, but elderly at increased risk, study finds

Health
March 17 (UPI) -- Elderly people infected with the coronavirus are more likely to get reinfected by the bug a few months after recovery than younger people who have had COVID-19, a study published Wednesday by The Lancet found. Although most people infected with COVID-19 have about 80% immunity from catching it again for at least six months, people age 65 and older have less than 50% immunity, the data showed. Advertisement Still, fewer than 1% of those infected with the virus once get sick again within six months, though this could change as new variants emerge, the researchers said. The findings highlight the importance of measures to protect the elderly during the pandemic, such as prioritizing them for vaccines, even if they have recovered from COVID-19. "Our study confirms what a nu...
Most elderly COVID-19 victims would not have died otherwise, major study claims

Most elderly COVID-19 victims would not have died otherwise, major study claims

Technology
A leading scientist has warned Britons to heed the lockdown because "COVID-19 is as dangerous as Ebola" - as a study found most elderly people killed by the disease would not have died otherwise.Professor Calum Semple, who is leading the largest study of coronavirus patients in the UK, said it showed more than a third of those who had been admitted to hospital had died. "That's the same for those admitted to hospital with Ebola," he told a virtual news conference. "People need to hear this and get it into their heads. The reason the government is keen for people to stay at home until the outbreak is quietening down is because this is an incredibly dangerous disease."We still see isolated egregious examples of selfishness where people think it is ok to meet up in the park and share a fo...
Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

Coronavirus: Largest study suggests elderly and sick are most at risk

World
Health officials in China have published the first details of more than 44,000 cases of Covid-19, in the biggest study since the outbreak began.Data from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) finds that more than 80% of the cases have been mild, with the sick and elderly most at risk.The research also points to the high risk to medical staff.A hospital director in the city of Wuhan died from the virus on Tuesday. Liu Zhiming, 51, was the director of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan - one of the leading hospitals in the virus epicentre. He is one of the most senior health officials to die so far.Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan, is the worst affected province in the country. Media pl...
Study: 1 in 5 elderly people in long-term care dies in 5 years

Study: 1 in 5 elderly people in long-term care dies in 5 years

Health
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Long-term acute care hospitals are supposed to restore independence in people who are have a variety of illnesses, but a new study suggests that for most that isn't the case. Fewer than 1-in-5 older adults treated at long-term facilities live beyond five years, according to research published Monday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. And those who do survive often go on to develop cancer or other deadly conditions. "Understanding the clinical course after long-term acute care hospitals admission can inform goals of care discussions, planning for care at the end of life and prioritizing health care needs," lead author Anil Makam, a researcher at the University of California at San Francisco and study lead author, said in a news release. "It also may lead s...

Frail elderly ‘failed by care deserts’

Health
The system for looking after frail older people in England is falling apart, with what are being dubbed "care deserts" emerging, a charity says.An analysis carried out for Age UK indicates about 30% of areas now have no residential care beds.The situation is even worse for nursing homes - needed for the most frail - with more than 60% having no places.Recruiting staff and keeping services running were proving a real challenge some areas, the charity said.Age UK believes the situation is now so bad that about 1.4 million older people are not getting the care they need - nearly one in seven of the over-65 population.Ruthe Isden, from Age UK, said: "The system is failing people - and that is having catastrophic consequences."The government has promised plans...