As the pandemic continues to take its toll on the United States, older Americans are feeling the brunt of the impact. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of all COVID-19 deaths in the United States have been among people 65 and older.
The report also found that older Americans are more likely to suffer from long-term health problems associated with the virus, such as difficulty breathing, fatigue, and depression. With the vaccine rollout still in its early stages, many older Americans are still at risk of becoming infected.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, has warned that the virus could be particularly dangerous for older Americans. “We know that the elderly are at a much higher risk of hospitalization and death,” he said.
In response to the findings, the CDC is urging older Americans to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus. This includes wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, and avoiding large gatherings.
The report is a stark reminder that the pandemic is far from over and that older Americans are particularly vulnerable. It is essential that all Americans, regardless of age, do their part to help keep the virus under control.