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Covid-19 Infection in Older Adults: A Geriatrician’s Perspective

Authors Isik AT

Received 2 May 2020

Accepted for publication 26 June 2020

Published 6 July 2020 Volume 2020:15 Pages 1067—1069

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CIA.S260972

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker


Ahmet Turan Isik

Department of Geriatric Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University, Balcova, Izmir, Turkey

Correspondence: Ahmet Turan Isik
Department of Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, Dokuz Eylul University, Geriatri Bilim Dalı Dokuz Eylul Universitesi Tıp Fakultesi, Balcova 35340, Izmir, Turkey
Tel +90 232 412 4341
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Email atisik@yahoo.com

Abstract: The pandemic of the Covid-19 virus has become the main issue all over the world. In its current form, the disease is more severe in geriatric cases and individuals with chronic disease, even causing death. In older adults and atypical presentations, testing strategies for Covid-19, potential drug interactions of experimental Covid-19 therapies, and ageism are important issues in the course of the disease. Therefore, health-care professionals should be aware of these, and screening policies for Covid-19 should also include atypical presentations with or without classical symptoms of the illness in older adults. Furthermore, evaluation of individuals > 65 years of age from a geriatrician’s perspective is very important, because Covid-19 is severe and fatal in seniors.

Keywords: Covid-19 infection, pandemic, older adults, atypical presentation

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