Elderly people and responses to COVID-19 in 27 countries

Jean-Francois Daoust

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Amongst the most robust consensus related to the COVID-19 disease is that the elderly are by far the most vulnerable population group. Hence, public authorities target older people in order to convince them to comply with preventive measures. However, we still know little about older people’s attitudes and compliance toward these measures. In this research, I aim to improve our understanding of elderly people’s responses to the pandemic using data from 27 countries. Results are surprising and quite troubling. Elderly people’s response is substantially similar to their fellow citizens in their 50’s and 60’s. This research (i) provides the first thorough description of the most vulnerable population’s attitudes and compliance in a comparative perspective (ii) suggest that governments’ strategies toward elderly people are far from successful and (iii) shows that methodologically, we should be more cautious in treating age as having a linear effect on COVID-19 related outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPLoS ONE
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • COVID-19
  • age
  • elderly
  • public health
  • self-isolation
  • preventative measures


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