News & Events

24 March 2020

Protecting our ageing population from COVID-19

While Australia works to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are extra health considerations when it comes to older Australians and our ageing society.

COVID-19 is a new virus, causing respiratory illness with flu-like symptoms such as dry cough, fever and aches and pains. But, unlike flu symptoms, which progress relatively quickly, the symptoms for COVID-19 may progress more slowly taking several days to get worse.

Although there’s still a lot of research being done, COVID-19 also appears to be more infectious and have a higher mortality rate than the flu.


But what does that mean for older Australians?

Read the full article at the University of Melbourne PURSUIT site (external link)


Professor Andrea Maier is a Professor Medicine and Aged Care, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne; Divisional Director of Medicine and Community Care, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Chair of the MACH Care of the Ageing subcommittee.

Rebecca Madill is a Research Associate at the MACH and supports the work of the Care of the Ageing subcommittee.


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