Elderly people more vulnerable to corona

15 more die, 1469 new cases detected in 24 hrs

Mohammad Al Amin

6th November, 2020 10:29:24 printer

Elderly people more vulnerable to corona

More than 52 percent patients who died of coronavirus in the country are over 60 years old as older people are at higher risk of developing severe forms of Covid-19 and dying from the virus.

“If the elderly people are infected with the coronavirus, then casualty rate is high. The old age, weak immune response and co-morbidity are the main reasons behind pushing elderly people into high risk in Covid-19,” virologist Dr Nazrul Islam, a member of National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19, told the Daily Sun. 

According to Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total of 4,17,475 coronavirus infected patients have been detected so far.

The death toll from Covid-19 disease has risen to 6,036 and the total death rate stands at 1.45 percent in the country, it added.

Among the deceased, the DGHS said 4,646 (76.97 percent) were male and 1,390 (23.03 percent) female. It also said 3,151 (52.20 percent) of them were aged over 60 while 1,590 (26.34 percent) were between 51-60 years old, 751 (12.44 percent) 41-50 years old, 330 (5.47 percent) were between 31-40 years old, 138 (2.29 percent) were aged between 21-30 years, 47 (0.78 percent) were aged between 11-20 years and 29 (0.48 percent) were aged between 0-10 years old.

“We have to pay special attention to elderly people to keep them protected from Covid-19 disease during this pandemic,” said Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, additional director general of the DGHS.

The health experts advised senior citizens to stay at home and not to go to any public gatherings and follow hygiene.

“In vaccination programme, the elderly people should get vaccine on priority basis in our country,” Nazrul Islam, also former vice-chancellor of the BSMMU, said.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), older people, and people of all ages with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, or cancer) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. 

“Although all age groups are at risk of contracting COVID-19, older people face significant risk of developing severe illness if they contract the disease due to physiological changes that come with ageing and potential underlying health conditions,” it added.

The US CDC said, “As you get older, your risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases. For example, people in their 50s are at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 40s.”

“Similarly, people in their 60s or 70s are, in general, at higher risk for severe illness than people in their 50s. The greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older,” it added.

The DGHS data said 15 more corona patients died while 1,469 new cases have been detected across the country in the last 24 hours till 8:00am on Friday.

Some 1,439 coronavirus infected patients have made recovery from the disease in a day, raising the total number to 3,35,027.

“The recovery rate from Covid-19 disease has reached 80.25 percent in the country,” the health directorate said.

The number of daily cases and death has decreased averagely while the recovery rate in the Covid-19 disease has been increasing day by day across the country.

The DGHS said 17.26 percent of the samples have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 1.45 percent patients have died. Some 10.86 percent samples have been diagnosed with the disease in a day.

A total of 13,521 samples, out of 13,747 collected, were tested at 114 labs in the country during the period, the report added.

A total of 24,18,423 samples have been tested to detect coronavirus infection across the country so far.

The first case of Covid-19 was detected on March 8 while the first death was recorded on March 18 in the country.