Chopped by Gapeli (04/08/2020)
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WHO reports shows that more than 95 per cent of these deaths occurred among people over the age of 60. About 50 per cent of all deaths included people 80 years of age or older. Statistics indicate that 8 out of 10 deaths occur in people with at least one comorbidity, particularly those with cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes, but also with several other underlying chronic conditions.According to the WHO, COVID-19 is changing the everyday lives of older people, the treatment and help they seek, their desire to stay socially involved and how they are viewed. Indeed, older people are affected by the need to spend more time at home, loss of social interaction with other family members, friends and colleagues, sudden cessation of work and other activities, and distress and fear of sickness and death – their own and others. Notwithstanding the vulnerability of older people, they should not be presented as though they are and have not contributed positively in the fight towards this pandemic. Dr. Naeema Al-Gasseer emphasises some of the contributions of older people during difficult times.


Naeema Al-Gasseer
Bahraini national Dr Naeema Al-Gasseer, is the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Sudan.
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