UPDATE: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Highlights "ABCDs" of COVID-19 for Older Adults, Long-Term Care

UPDATE (April 3, 2020): The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published the following update to the original special article highlighted below.

New York (March 27, 2020)—The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) this week rushed to publication a special article describing critical points for combatting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic for older adults and those in long-term care.

The article offers a summary of current information and evidence, noting the imperative for understanding and acting upon the “ABCDs” of the COVID-19 crisis:

  • How to foster awareness of key clinical differences for older adults.
  • How to initiate quick, appropriate behaviors to manage infections, particularly in long-term care.
  • How to begin COVID-19 containment and maximize preventive interventions (especially in long-term care)
  • How to empower healthcare leaders, policymakers, and government agencies to make decisions that address rapid access and results of testing and treatment, as well as the costs and societal impacts of the pandemic.

"All aspects of life have changed dramatically for now," note the authors: Heather D’Adamo, MD; Thomas Yoshikawa, MD; and Joseph G. Ouslander, MD. "The groups most susceptible to COVID-19 are older adults and those with chronic underlying chronic medical disorders...In this article we provide information, insights, and recommended approaches to COVID-19 in the long-term facility setting."

The article is available to all for free at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jgs.16445. Researchers, clinicians, and the public can also track COVID-19-related research published in JAGS by visiting https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/action/doSearch?AllField=COVID-19&SeriesKey=15325415.

JAGS also is soliciting articles related to COVID-19 for rapid review and publication. These articles, which can be anything from reflections to original research, can be submitted by visiting https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15325415.

About the American Geriatrics Society

Founded in 1942, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals that has—for 75 years—worked to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Its nearly 6,000 members include geriatricians, geriatric nurses, social workers, family practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and internists. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy. For more information, visit AmericanGeriatrics.org.

About the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Included in more than 9,000 library collections around the world, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) highlights emerging insights on principles of aging, approaches to older patients, geriatric syndromes, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric diseases and disorders. First published in 1953, JAGS is now one of the oldest and most impactful publications on gerontology and geriatrics, according to ISI Journal Citation Reports®. Visit https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15325415 for more details.