COVID-19 Is Unkind To Older Adults

My position has not changed since March 2020. A big reason why is that one statistic has stayed constant regardless of the number of COVID tests. Ninety-six percent of COVID-related fatalities are over the age of 50. That might be a nice score on a high school math test, but we’re tracking the lives of older adults.

You give me a 96% chance of beating cancer, and I’ll be thrilled. You tell me that 96% of COVID-related fatalities impact the lives of millions of older adults, and I want to shout out loud.

Adults over the age of 50 account for only 32% of all positive COVID results. Yes, you read that right – 32% of all COVID cases yet 96% of the fatalities. If you want to make it as simple as possible, older adults account for less than one third of all positive COVID cases yet nearly 100% of all fatalities.

That’s the stat that gets the least amount of attention. The number of positive tests is a good metric. We track hospitalizations and recoveries – also good metrics. However, the serious threat to older adults is seldom discussed. I don’t know why, but I will continue to bring it up.