SARS-CoV-2 Infections in the Elderly—Series 2

A special issue of Geriatrics (ISSN 2308-3417).

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Dear Colleagues,

It has been over a year since the first SARS-CoV-2 case was first identified. As we expected at that time, there are many consequences to this outbreak—both short- and long-term, and medical, social, economic, and lifestyle in nature. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors to the Special Issue “SARS-CoV-2 in the Elderly—Series 1”. As COVID-19 has evolved into several new variants on one hand, and a variety of new and emerging therapies and vaccines have changed the trajectory of the illness outcome on the other, it is timely to launch a second edition of this Special Issue, “SARS-CoV-2 in the Elderly—Series 2”. We are interested in publishing any type of article in fundamental sciences, medical sciences, pharmacological sciences (including drug discovery), and health service research (including service redesign, service evaluation, and quality improvement projects), as well as case reports and case series reporting novel learning points, management strategies, and clinical trials. We are also interested in geriatric nursing studies in relation to this crisis, as well as social science (social care or the interface between health and social care, other health-related issues due to social isolation, etc.) and health economics studies.

Dr. Jonathan Hewitt
Prof. Dr. Phyo Kyaw Myint
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Keywords

  • SARS-COV-2
  • elderly
  • long COVID-19
  • variants
  • emerging treatments

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COVID-19 Outbreak at a Geriatric Rehabilitation Facility: The Silent Threat of Asymptomatic Patients with High Viral Loads
by Pauline Putallaz, Laurence Senn, Wanda Bosshard and Christophe J. Büla
Geriatrics 2021, 6(4), 95; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics6040095 - 30 Sep 2021
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Data about outbreaks of nosocomial COVID-19 disease within geriatric rehabilitation facilities are scarce. In this retrospective case series analysis, we describe such an outbreak, determine the proportion of a-/presymptomatic patients, the median time before symptom onset among presymptomatic patients and investigate whether the [...] Read more.
Data about outbreaks of nosocomial COVID-19 disease within geriatric rehabilitation facilities are scarce. In this retrospective case series analysis, we describe such an outbreak, determine the proportion of a-/presymptomatic patients, the median time before symptom onset among presymptomatic patients and investigate whether the viral load differs between patients with and without symptoms. Typical and atypical symptoms were retrieved from the electronic medical records of patients who tested positive for COVID-19 disease during their stay at a 95-bed geriatric rehabilitation facility. The viral load at the time of diagnosis was estimated on cycle threshold values of the rRT-PCR test. Overall, 34 patients (median age, 87 years; range, 66–98; 67% female) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. During the same period, 19 health care workers were also diagnosed with COVID-19. Among the 27 patients who provided consent, 20 (74%) were symptomatic at the time of testing. Among the remaining seven patients, six developed symptoms after a median of 2 days. A viral load > 106 copies/mL was observed in 20 out of the 27 patients, including five out of the seven initially asymptomatic patients. The rapid transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the prevalence of initially asymptomatic patients with high viral loads support an extended screening strategy at such facilities. Full article
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