City of Johannesburg deploys support for elderly during Covid-19

Elderly people are vulnerable to COVID-19, CDC report shows.

Johannesburg city says they will be deploying clinical teams to support the elderly people throughout the city, as the country braces up to combat coronavirus pandemic.

“Clinical teams are being deployed to support the elderly and vulnerable persons throughout the city. This includes assisting the tracking and tracing efforts of those who have potentially been exposed to persons confirmed as infected with the virus,” they said.

This development follows the report by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which stated that COVID-19 related deaths are higher in older age groups and encouraged communities to embark on hand hygiene, social distancing to slow the spread of the virus and protect the older adults.

The report also adds that the elderly are more likely to get acute respiratory distress syndromes. These acute lung injuries are causing many of the deaths.