AHWIN Papers | Responding to the Needs of Older Persons During a Pandemic

Prepared by Kim Gould Ashizawa and Stephen McHugh
June 2020

The novel coronavirus has one notable similarity to many other diseases: it is ageist. While people of all ages are susceptible to COVID-19, it is particularly lethal for those 60 and above, as age-related comorbidities such as heart disease and diabetes make this population susceptible to the virus. What lessons can we learn from the actions taken to date in various countries—both the successes and failures—that might improve our ability to protect our older populations when the next pandemic strikes?

The inaugural edition of a new policy brief series, the AHWIN Papers, draws on a panel discussion at a May 2020 webinar to explore what policy lessons can be learned from the experiences of the United States, Japan, and Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The AHWIN Papers is a publication of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) in partnership with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and carried out under the auspices of the Asian Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN).

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