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"They Survived: Beating COVID-19 After 70" - Hallie Levine

  • AARP
  • New York, NY
  • (July 20, 2020)

COVID-19 can be dangerous for anyone, but 80 percent of COVID-related deaths have been reported in people over age 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and older adults are also more likely to require hospitalization and potentially be put on a ventilator. But the reasons some older adults get very sick and others don't is still a mystery, says Linda DeCherrie, M.D., professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “While we do know that people with underlying heart and lung problems such as pulmonary disease, asthma or high blood pressure are at higher risk for complications, there's still a lot about the disease we're just finding out now.”

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