Kyriazis, M, Mikellides, G, Pantelidakis, H, Polycarpou, M and Panayiotou, B (2021) COVID-19 Isolation and Risk of Death in Cyprus Elderly People. Frontiers In Medicine, 8. ISSN 2296-858X

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Social isolation is associated with a higher risk of morbidity and death in older people. The quarantine and social distancing measures due to Covid-19 imposed in most countries and particularly in Cyprus, aim to isolate individuals from direct contact with others. This has resulted in vulnerable older people being isolated at their places of residence for several months, while the recommendations for continuing lockdowns do not appear to be ending. The risk of death from causes other than those related to Covid-19 increases in such individuals and it is due to the effects of social isolation. We estimate that in the next years, there will be a significant increase in the death numbers of such older people in Cyprus. The health authorities must develop a program of support for these older individuals to include medical, social, physical, and psychological elements. Examples of such support are given here.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Kyriazis, Mikellides, Pantelidakis, Polycarpou and Panayiotou. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, social isolation, older people, death risk, Cyprus elderly, prevention of mortality
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2021 14:03
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2021 09:27

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