1. Older age
2. Having more than one chronic health condition
3. Having a low functioning immune system.
In the elderly, all of these risk factors are very common. Hence why they have the highest morbidity and mortality from COVID-19.
It should be common sense then to reduce mortality of those at risk, that public health advice would be to help reduce the risks to people in these groups. But what advice have the authorities given to them:
1. Wash your hands
2. Stay away from others
3. Wear a mask (after months of saying "don't wear a mask").
And that's it. Pathetic.
It is well known that the elderly or those with many chronic health conditions have a lot of factors affecting their health such as:
• Nutrient deficiencies - from a poor diet
• Vitamin D deficiency - a MASSIVE problem, as it hugely reduces immune system function (Arnljots, Thorn, Elm, Moore & Sundvall, 2017)
• Reduced organ function
• Stress, loneliness, loss of partners or friends, and limited contact with family during COVID restrictions
• Medications - many medications reduce immune system function or cause adverse side effects.
The elderly, and those in aged care or nursing homes need the most support and beneficial preventatives and treatments. They are our most vulnerable people.
The elderly frequently suffer from malnutrition (up to 57%), deficiencies of multiple nutrients (of protein, water, vitamin D, B-vitamins, and more. These will affect their physical and mental health, and especially the function of their immune system. The elderly are more likely to die from infections than younger age groups. Nutrient support through improved dietary advice or supplementation CAN improve their nutritional status and immune system function (Wells & Dumbrell, 2006).
But never once has any Western government throughout this pandemic given any true and proven recommendations to the elderly, to improve their immune system function with preventions or treatments - such as very simple, cheap and very effective interventions of vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc etc. These treatments have been proven effective in multiple studies (Wells & Dumbrell, 2006).
Instead, the governments of the world have kept the elderly locked up, hidden from view and contact from their family. This doesn't help their mental or physical health.
Governments, health departments, and public health officials, and perhaps owners of aged care and nursing homes, have ignored the health of the elderly in this pandemic. They have NOT addressed the physical or mental health of them, or really ANYONE, in this pandemic, nor their nutritional status or immune system function to prevent or treat any respiratory infection. They could have done a LOT more to help. The government and health authorities have caused more deaths in the pandemic by their lack of action. They have contributed to the Genocide of the Elderly and those with chronic health issues. Genocide of the elderly is also called Senicide or Geronticide.
There is a lot more that can be done to protect our elderly. If the authorities are not doing anything, then YOU can.
I will expand on this more in my next article on this topic...
Arnljots, R., Thorn, J., Elm, M., Moore, M., & Sundvall, P-D. (2017). Vitamin D deficiency was common among nursing home residents and associated with dementia: a cross sectional study of 545 Swedish nursing home residents. BMC Geriatrics, 17 (229).
Wells, J.L. & Dumbrell, A.C. (2006). Nutrition and Aging: Assessment and Treatment of Compromised Nutritional Status in Frail Elderly Patients. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 1 (1): 67–79. doi: 10.2147/ciia.2006.1.1.67