The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that the group that has been most affected by COVID-19 in 2023 is people aged 65 years and older. This group has accounted for the majority of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19.
There are a number of reasons why people aged 65 years and older are more likely to be affected by COVID-19. First, their immune systems are generally weaker than those of younger people.
Second, they are more likely to have underlying medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, which can make them more susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19.
Third, they are more likely to live in congregate settings, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where the virus can spread more easily.
“Adults with increased risk for COVID-19–associated hospitalization, including all adults aged 65 years and over, should reduce their risk for severe COVID-19 by receiving recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, adopting measures to reduce risk for contracting COVID-19, and seeking prompt outpatient antiviral treatment after a positive test result,” the CDC said, according to Daily Voice on Monday, October 9, 2023.
“However, rates remained elevated among adults over 65 relative to younger age groups and increased beginning the week ending July 15, 2023,” the CDC noted.
The CDC recommends that people aged 65 years and older get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. They should also continue to wear masks in public indoor settings and avoid close contact with people who are sick. In fact, the CDC confirmed that only 23.5 percent had received the recommended COVID booster vaccine, and “the vast majority had two or more underlying health conditions.”
Other groups that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 include:
People of color
People with low incomes
People with disabilities
People who live in rural areas
People who are homeless
The CDC is working to address the disparities in COVID-19 outcomes by increasing access to testing, vaccines, and treatment in all communities. The CDC is also working to educate the public about COVID-19 and how to protect themselves and others from the virus.
It is important to note that everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. However, people aged 65 years and older and other groups listed above are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
It is important for everyone to take steps to protect themselves and others from the virus, including getting vaccinated and boosted, wearing masks in public indoor settings, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.