The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Embassy of Italy in South Africa, cordially invite you to register for the virtual panel discussion on Social, Psychological and Health Impact of COVID-19 on the Elderly: South African and Italian Perspectives
Date: Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Venue: Webinar using Zoom
RSVP: Click here by 3 July 2020
Requirements: Stable internet access. More details will be communicated to registered participants closer to the date.
The elderly population has been included in the vulnerable population to the mental health risks of COVID-19. This group in our society is confronted with high rates of pre-existing depressive symptoms and the challenges of accessing mental health services. The elderly population has been reported to be more susceptible, especially those with underlying diseases, to COVID-19 infection and severe illnesses. Recent studies have showed a higher mortality of elderly patients with COVID-19 to those of young and middle-aged patients. *The global distribution of deaths by age of the elderly and those with underlying co-morbidities ranges from 50 – 75% of the reported cases. To date, the South African Government has reported age distribution deaths of 54,9% for those who are 60 years and older. Italy has gone through a difficult period and has now seen a decrease in both infection and mortality amongst its citizens, while South Africa is beginning to see an increase in infection and mortality rates. This panel discussion will explore the challenges confronting the elderly in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Jonathan Jansen, President, ASSAf
HE Mr Paolo Cuculi, Ambassador, Embassy of Italy in South Africa
Professor Priscilla Reddy, Deputy Executive Director, HSRC, South Africa
Professor Emanuele Nicastri, Scientific Director, Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, Italy
Professor Ashraf Kagee, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Professor Fabrizia Lattanzio, Scientific Director of the National Institute for Health and Science on Aging, Italy
Professor Margie Schneider, University of Cape Town, South Africa