Nursing homes and the elderly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: situation report from Hungary

Gábor Kemenesi, László Kornya, Gábor Endre Tóth, Kornélia Kurucz, Safia Zeghbib, Balázs A. Somogyi, Viktor Zöldi, Péter Urbán, Róbert Herczeg, Ferenc Jakab

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Abstract

The global impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic is significant in terms of public health effects and its long-term socio-economic implications. Among all social groups, the elderly is by far the most affected age group regarding morbidity and mortality. In multiple countries spanning several continents, there are an increasing number of reports referencing the novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) spread among nursing homes. These areas are now recognized as potent hotspots regarding the pandemic, which one considers with special regard. Herein, we present currently available data of fatal COVID-19 cases throughout Hungary, along with the analysis of the co-morbidity network. We also report on viral genomic data originating from a nursing home resident. The genomic data was used for viral haplotype network analysis. We emphasize the urgent need for public health authorities to focus on nursing homes and residential service units worldwide, especially in the care of the elderly and infirmed. Our results further emphasize the recent statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the vulnerability among seniors and especially the high risk of COVID-19 emergence throughout nursing and social homes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1099
Number of pages7
JournalGeroScience
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • Genome sequencing
  • Hotspot
  • Outbreak
  • nCoV2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Kemenesi, G., Kornya, L., Tóth, G. E., Kurucz, K., Zeghbib, S., Somogyi, B. A., Zöldi, V., Urbán, P., Herczeg, R., & Jakab, F. (2020). Nursing homes and the elderly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: situation report from Hungary. GeroScience, 42(4), 1093-1099. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11357-020-00195-z