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A Review of the Current Status of Clinical Management of COVID-19 in the Elderly

Qiaoyun Li, Chengyu Zhao

Graduate School, Qinghai University, Xining, Qinghai, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e930278

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.930278

Available online: 2021-02-08

Published: 2021-04-09


ABSTRACT: The high infectivity and severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19), and our limited understanding of the biology of the novel coronavirus, as well as the lack of an effective treatment for COVID-19, have created a global pandemic. Those most likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19 are adults, especially the elderly and those who are already weak or sick. At present, a specific drug for treatment of COVID-19 has not been developed. This, combined with the typical coexistence of a variety of chronic diseases in elderly patients, makes treatment challenging at present. In addition, for elderly patients, COVID-19 isolation measures during the epidemic can easily lead to psychological problems. Thus, how to manage elderly patients has become a focus of social attention in the current circumstances. This article reviews the effects of COVID-19 and makes management suggestions for elderly patients during this epidemic period. In addition to the elderly, critically ill people are also highly susceptible to this novel coronavirus. For elderly COVID-19 patients, antiviral therapy, immune regulation, and even auxiliary respiratory therapy can be given after a comprehensive evaluation of the disease. With the approval and use of COVID-19 vaccines, it is reasonable to expect that we can conquer SARS-CoV-2.

Keywords: Circovirus, Elder Nutritional Physiological Phenomena, Patient Care Management, COVID-19, Coronavirus