COVID-19 and older people in Asia: Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia calls to actions

Wee Shiong Lim, Chih Kuang Liang, Prasert Assantachai, Tung W. Auyeung, Lin Kang, Wei Ju Lee, Jae Young Lim, Ken Sugimoto, Masahiro Akishita, Shu Lih Chia, Ming Yueh Chou, Yew Yoong Ding, Katsuya Iijima, Hak C. Jang, Shuji Kawashima, Miji Kim, Taro Kojima, Masafumi Kuzuya, Jenny Lee, Sang Y. LeeYunhwan Lee, Li Ning Peng, Ninie Y. Wang, Yin Wei Wang, Chang W. Won, Jean Woo, Liang Kung Chen, Hidenori Arai*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has casted a huge impact on global public health and the economy. In this challenging situation, older people are vulnerable to the infection and the secondary effects of the pandemic and need special attention. To evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 on older people, it is important to balance the successful pandemic control and active management of secondary consequences. These considerations are particularly salient in the Asian context, with its diversity among countries in terms of sociocultural heritage, healthcare setup and availability of resources. Thus, the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia summarized the considerations of Asian countries focusing on responses and difficulties in each country, impacts of health inequity related to the COVID-19 pandemic and proposed recommendations for older people, which are germane to the Asian context. More innovative services should be developed to address the increasing demands for new approaches to deliver healthcare in these difficult times and to establish resilient healthcare systems for older people. Geriatr Gerontol Int 2020; 9999: n/a–n/a.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-558
Number of pages12
JournalGeriatrics and Gerontology International
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • healthcare system
  • infection control
  • pandemic

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