According to the World Health Organisation, older people are at highest risk from COVID-19. This is because those over the age of 60 are most vulnerable to developing co-morbidities and are among the most vulnerable in terms of direct virus impact and indirect impact from infection prevention and control measures. Older people living in refugee settlements face particular difficulties accessing basic WASH services, limiting their ability to implement hygiene measures aimed at preventing the transmission of COVID-19. These contexts are also extremely challenging for the implementation of social distancing and self-isolation measures due to overcrowded and inadequate housing.


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Avalos Cortez, E. & van Blerk, L. 2021, 'The impact of COVID-19 on older refugees', Forced Migration Review, (67), pp. 36-38. https://discovery.dundee.ac.uk/en/publications/e6eab8e0-c525-4c42-a80c-1d39315a4541

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