Daily US Times: Europe is deep in the second wave of the Covid-19 infections, and a particularly worrying trend is beginning to emerge, that is- more older people are becoming infected.
Over the summer months, Europe, one of the worst-hit by the virus earlier this year, saw infection clusters popping up mostly among younger people who were venturing out into restaurants, bars, saloons and other public spaces. While that wasn’t ideal, it meant the death rate stayed relatively low, since younger population are statistically less vulnerable to the virus and most avoid getting seriously ill.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has warned that more older people are now becoming infected by the virus. ECDC’s latest published data shows, at least 13 countries in Europe saw new infection rates among people aged 65 or over rise to “high” last week — between 206 per 100,000 in the Netherlands and 64 per 100,000 in Croatia.
In recent weeks, a sharp increase in infections among older people can be seen in almost all European countries where data is available.
Coronavirus infection rates among over-65s in some Eastern European countries are now more than double what they were during the first wave — over 100 in Romania, Slovenia Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Higher infection rates among the elderly people are worrying because they are much more likely to end up in hospital and to face a significantly higher risk of dying.
Almost 88% of all deaths in Europe were among the over-65 age group, as of late August, according to the World Health Organization.
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