The COVID-19 and Ageism in Social Media

Author(s): Yadollah Abolfathi Momtaz*

Journal Name: Coronaviruses
The World's First International Journal Dedicated to Coronaviruses

Volume 1 , Issue 1 , 2020

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was recognized as a pandemic on 11 March 2020. However, the median age of laboratory-confirmed cases is about 45 years and age is not a sole potential risk for catching COVID-19; unfortunately, some social media pretend that elderly people are more likely to be infected by COVID-19. Providing such information about the COVID-19 can increase the stress and anxiety among the elderly that may weaken their immune system. It is suggested that social media provide appropriate information to reduce public stress.

Keywords: Ageism, COVID-19, discrimination, elderly people, public health, social media, pandemic.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 08 September, 2020
Page: [7 - 8]
Pages: 2
DOI: 10.2174/2666796701999200621203144

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