Protecting older people during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
Covid-19 is a new disease that presents specific risks for older people. It has been characterised by the WHO as 'a controllable pandemic' which all countries need to prepare for and respond to. This presents a challenge for low- and middle-income countries with weaker health and care systems, as well as in countries hosting populations of refugees and displaced people living in camps. This pandemic can be suppressed but only in so far as people act in solidarity with each other and take steps to protect and care for those most at risk. HelpAge International has six key messages for decisionmakers at global and national levels.