Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are doing well. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we would like to update you on resources related to older people. These three documents, recently issued by the World Health Organization, were forwarded to us by Doctor Yuka Sumi:

1. Clinical guidance

The WHO technical guidance on Clinical management of COVID-19 (The title ‘Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 is suspected’ was changed to ‘Clinical management of COVID-19’) has been updated.

LINK: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/clinical-management-of-covid-19
PDF: Click here to download

This updated guidance document is intended for clinicians caring for COVID-19 patients including older people during all phases of their disease. There are several new sections such as rehabilitation, palliative care, ethical principles, while the chapter on older people has also been expanded .
 

2. Q & A for older people and COVID

Q&A targeting older people and their households is available here.

LINK: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-on-on-covid-19-for-older-people
PDF: Click here to download
 

3. Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context

The guidance on Maintaining essential health services: operational guidance for the COVID-19 context has been updated and published recently. It is intended for decision-makers and managers at the national and subnational levels. It supports country implementation of targeted actions to reorganize and maintain access to safe and high-quality essential health services. There is a new section; Part2: Life course and disease consideration, that includes older people.

LINK: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/10665-332240
PDF: Click here to download

Please help us disseminate these resources to relevant stakeholders and stay tuned as more resources are expected to release.

If you need more information, do not hesitate to directly liaise with Doctor Yuka Sumi (sumiy@who.int) at WHO Headquarters in Geneva.

Very best personal regards,

Jean-Yves Reginster
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Public Health Aspects of Musculoskeletal Health and Aging