Challenges Facing Older Adults during the COVID-19 Outbreak
Eqbal Radwan 1 2 * , Afnan Radwan 3, Walaa Radwan 4
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1 Biology Department, Islamic University of Gaza, PALESTINE2 Directorate of Education-East Gaza, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, PALESTINE3 Faculty of Education, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza Strip, PALESTINE4 Faculty of Education, Ummah Open University, Gaza Strip, PALESTINE* Corresponding Author

Abstract

As COVID-19 rapidly spread at the globe, it has attracted significant attention and brought unprecedented efforts, resulting in stops of routine activities and changes in day-to-day behavioral patterns of the public. To mitigate its impact on health bodies and systems, societies, and economies, many countries have adopted nonpharmacological preventive procedures such as social or spatial distancing, using protective gloves and masks, as well as frequently handwashing; these have been extensively implemented. However, preventive procedures aimed at protecting the healthcare systems have side-effects that might have a big impact on the elderly’s life. In this article, we highlight the main challenges facing older adults during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the importance of preventive measures in the protection of elderly health and containing the outbreak of COVID-19, they will undoubtedly have short and long term consequences for the well-being and mental health of the older adults.

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Article Type: Research Article

EUR J ENV PUBLIC HLT, 2021, Volume 5, Issue 1, Article No: em0059

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejeph/8457

Publication date: 06 Aug 2020

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