COVID-19: GUIDANCE & ADVICE FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Key Facts from HelpAge International
This document provides guidance and advice for older people about COVID-19. It gives some basic information on what Covid-19 is and how it is spread, followed by key advice on what older people can do to reduce their risk of catching the virus, and what they should do if they need medical help or support.
GUIDELINES FOR CARE HOMES FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Informed by experience in China, Korea & Japan
This document provides guidance and advice for care homes about coronavirus, or COVID-19. While older people in care homes are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, there are steps that can be taken to reduce their risk, and to ensure they are well cared for and supported. Care home staff must also be looked after and must be equipped with information to protect themselves as well as those in their care. The document includes information on personal behaviour, action to take inside the care home, interaction with the outside environment, management responsibilities, governance, and what to do if someone has COVID-19.
PROTECTING OLDER PEOPLE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Six Key Messages for Lawmakers at International & National Levels
Covid-19 is a new disease that presents specific risks for older people.
Initial research in China based on over 44,000 cases of Covid-19, showed a mortality rate of 2.3% for the general population, rising to 8% in those aged 70-79 and nearly 15% in those 80 and over.
It has been characterised by the WHO as “a controllable pandemic” which all countries need to prepare for and respond to. This presents a challenge for low- and middle-income countries with weaker health and care systems, as well as in countries hosting populations of refugees and displaced people living in camps.
This pandemic can be suppressed but only in so far as people act in solidarity with each other and take steps to protect and care for those most at risk.