The New Challenge of Geriatrics: Saving Frail Older People from the SARS-COV-2 Pandemic Infection

Francesco Landi, Emanuele Marzetti, Antonio Sgadari, Roberto Bernabei, Christian Barillaro, Agnese Bellieni, Domenico Fusco, Maria Rita Lo Monaco, Anna Maria Martone, Francesco Cosimo Pagano, Andrea Russo, Matteo Tosato, Francesca Benvenuto, Giulia Bramato, Francesca Ciciarello, Sara Rocchi, Elisabetta Rota, Andrea Salerno, Marcello Tritto

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In December 2019, a relevant number of patients affected by a mysterious pneumonia has been documented in Wuhan, China. Around the end of last year, the causative agent of this unexplained pneumonia has been identified as a new coronavirus. This virus has been “baptized” as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the relative disease has been called as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization. The COVID-19 epidemic is spreading in China and all over the world now as pandemic infection. The aim of this review is primarily to analyze the epidemiology of COVID-19 in the older population, the clinical manifestation and diagnosis, the potential therapeutic strategies, and the role of the geriatrician in managing this infection emergency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)466-470
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Geriatric care
  • Personalized care


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