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International Review of Medical Practice, 2020, XXVI/3: 107-114

Title: SARS-CoV-2 infection in elderly patients 

Authors: Witkowska-Płusa U, Płusa T. 

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SARS-CoV-2 infection in elderly patients

Witkowska-Płusa U1, Płusa T2.

1Alzheimer’s Center in Warsaw; 2Medical Faculty of Medicine of the Lazarski University in Warsaw

International Review of Medical Practice, 2020; Vol. 26, No. 3, 107

Currently, the main goal of sanitary services is to control SARSCoV- 2 infection to ensure the health safety of citizens. The assessment of a declared pandemic is difficult due to the lack of objective and hard evidence of diseases caused by this infection. Reported deaths are mainly related to cardiovascular disease, not COVID-19, which is confirmed by statistics from Italy, Spain, France and Sweden. The lack of scientifically compiled data from Poland is the reason for speculation and questioning the legitimacy of the introduced sanitary restrictions. The need to protect the elderly has not been questioned as this is the population most vulnerable to the negative effects of COVID-19. This should apply in particular to separated nursing homes, where the brought infection develops very quickly, posing a threat to their health and life. Currently, as part of easing the restrictions, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, after 6 months of isolation, can again be admitted to daily help houses. However, many of them are unable to participate in the classes due to the high level of anxiety for their health and life.

Key words: SARS-CoV-2, risk factors, Alzheimer’s disease