Years of Neglecting Young and Old: Paying the Piper during COVID-19 – A Commentary
Objective: In this paper, we argue that COVID-19 has demonstrated the seriousness of long-standing neglect of public education infrastructure, particularly where school health education and school-based health services are concerned, as well as having accentuated long-standing vulnerabilities among older adults. Methods: We examined practices about the divide between evidence-based recommendations of experts and system responses that leave a sizeable number of Americans vulnerable to the worst aspects of COVID-19. Results: We identify practices in schools, as well as institutions that respond to the needs of older Americans that increase general risk across generations from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. We also caution against making unwarranted assumptions or generalizations about older adults in and out of care settings. Conclusion: Authorities need to learn lessons from the present pandemic to avoid similar types of vulnerability in future public health emergencies.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2020
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