Coronavirus outbreak

Seniors more vulnerable likely due to lower immunity: Expert

The suspension of social activities for seniors organised by government agencies will not only protect this vulnerable segment of the population, but also help to reduce the risk of transmission. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
The suspension of social activities for seniors organised by government agencies will not only protect this vulnerable segment of the population, but also help to reduce the risk of transmission. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Nearly one in two confirmed coronavirus patients here is aged 50 and above.

This could likely be due to their "lower immunity and reduced physiological reserves", said Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, infectious diseases programme leader at the National University of Singapore's Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2020, with the headline 'Seniors more vulnerable likely due to lower immunity: Expert'. Subscribe