October 30, 2023 CBC article notes: “Elderly Canadians remain at higher risk of serious COVID from first infections, study suggests”
The full title of the CBC article reads: “Elderly Canadians remain at higher risk of serious COVID from first infections, study suggests: Researchers say 4 in 10 seniors aged 80 and older may have avoided infections so far.”
An excerpt reads:
New Canadian data reaffirms that while the vast majority of the population has likely caught the virus behind COVID-19 at least once, more than four in 10 elderly adults may have avoided infection so far — while remaining at the highest risk for hospitalization and death.
It’s yet another reminder that seniors need to be prioritized in vaccination rollouts and should strongly consider getting an updated COVID shot, several medical experts told CBC News.
An additional excerpt reads:
Those measures include getting a COVID vaccine, practising basic hand hygiene, wearing a mask in public and disinfecting high-touch surfaces, Sang said. She also encouraged seniors to “socialize smartly,” in smaller groups and in well-ventilated areas, or even outside when possible.
For seniors who think they have COVID, she said it’s worth taking a rapid test and contacting your primary care provider to find out if you’re eligible for treatments like Paxlovid.