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COVID-19, Aging, and Public Health

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COVID-19 has had especially detrimental effects on older adults. While younger adults are more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, it is older persons who are more likely to have severe complications, be hospitalized and die. The public health response has noted the particular vulnerability of older ...

COVID-19 has had especially detrimental effects on older adults. While younger adults are more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, it is older persons who are more likely to have severe complications, be hospitalized and die. The public health response has noted the particular vulnerability of older adults, but less is known about how older adults perceive their risks, follow recommended guidelines, interact with family and friends, negotiate health care and social services, and navigate their home and community environments.

The Aging and Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association has established a COVID-19 and Aging Workgroup. In partnership with international colleagues, this group is inviting papers on a range of research, practice and educational topics concerning the risks for and the effects of COVID-19 on older adults, their caregivers, and the community.

Specific areas of interest to this Research Topic related to COVID-19, Aging and Public Health Special Issue include but are not limited to:
• Novel approaches to public health messaging and communicating effective treatments;
• Clinical, behavioral, social, and environmental risk factors for the onset and progression of COVID-19;
• Implications for the health and well-being of older adult populations;
• Research, practice guidelines, and training strategies for health professionals and social service providers;
• Policy, legal, and ethical implications;
• Challenges and successes in congregate-living environments (e.g., assisted care facilities and nursing homes);
• Special concerns for caregivers, caregiving/social isolation;
• The role of preexisting health or social issues; and
• Research, policy, and practice concerning ageism, health equity, and disparities.


Keywords: COVID-19, Aging and Public Health, Risk Factors and Effects, Research, Policy and Practice


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30 January 2021 Manuscript
28 February 2021 Manuscript Extension

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28 February 2021 Manuscript Extension

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