Review Article
Volume 6 Issue 8 - 2020
COVID 19 Infection and the Risk to the Elderly. A Narrative Review
Abdullah Fahmi Al Khars1, Hussain Ali Alameer1, Hussain Yaseen Alhashem1, Hassan Altaweel1, Adam Ahmad Alkhars1, Mohammed Abdulmajeed Alghadeer1, Mohammed Ramzi AlGhadeer1, Amer Hussain Alhamrani1, Hussain Mohammed Alhiwaishil1, Ahmad Essa Alhejji1, Ali Hussain Alrufayi1, Mohammed Qasem Alalwan1, Naif Alhamam2and Khaled Yassen3*
1Internship Physician, 2019 Graduates Study Group, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Hofufu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
2Orthopaedic/Surgery Department, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Hofufu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
3Associate Professor, Anaesthesia/Surgery Department, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Hofufu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Khaled Yassen, Associate Professor, Anaesthesia/Surgery Department, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Alhassa, Hofufu, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Received: July 06, 2020; Published: July 29, 2020




Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a novel coronavirus named by the WHO as a pandemic disease as a result of its wide spread globally during the last few month. Elderly (> 60 year) patients with different comorbidities have a higher risk to contract the virus. The aim of this study is to review the recent studies regarding COVID 19 infection in elderly in terms of clinical features, risk mortality, isolation, and psychological effects that could affect their clinical management. A systematic narrative literature review of the clinical features, risks and consequences of the new COVID-19 on the elderly was carried out using online databases. Recent and related articles were retrieved mainly from Google Scholar and PubMed search. Elderly are more susceptible to develop severe forms of COVID-19 infection. The frailty in this geriatric group is attributable to their unique immune, physical and psycho-social vulnerabilities. This represent a significant risk for elderly during this COVID 19 virus pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19; Elderly; 2019-nCoV; Clinical; Risks

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Citation: Khaled Yassen., et al. “COVID 19 Infection and the Risk to the Elderly. A Narrative Review”. EC Anaesthesia 6.8 (2020): 06-09.

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