How should we protect the older population? (Daniele Carrieri)

By Daniele Carrieri

A recent WHO declaration reports that over 95% of COVID-19 related deaths in the European Region (currently the epicentre of the pandemic alongside with North America) occurred in people older than 60 years. Elaborating on these figures, we make a clear statement to reinforce the protection of each nation’s older adults and to promote intergenerational equity and solidarity. This message deserves to be fully understood in light of the potential discrimination against older people in the current public debate regarding the allocation of scarce medical resources during the present pandemic.

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