Need an expert? COVID-19 and the risks to the elderly in long-term care homes

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:

William Gardner (English only)

Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medecine

“The elderly in long-term care (LTC) and their caregiving staff are at elevated risk from COVID-19. Outbreaks in LTC facilities can threaten the health care system. COVID-19 suppression should focus on testing and infection control at LTC facilities. Policies should also be developed to ensure that LTC facilities remain adequately staffed and that infection control protocols are closely followed. Family will not be able to visit LTC facilities, increasing isolation and vulnerability to abuse and neglect. To protect residents and staff, supervision of LTC facilities should remain a priority during the pandemic.”

Abstract of the article The Coronavirus and the Risks to the Elderly in Long-Term Care

Martine Lagacé 
Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts
Associate Vice-President, Research Promotion and Development

Professor Lagacé's research focuses on stereotypes and discrimination on the basis of age, as well as social identity, ageism and the psychosocial aspects of aging.

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