Tale of two countries: Attitudes towards older persons in Italy and Israel during the COVID-19 pandemic as seen through the looking-glass of the media

Jacopo Fantinati, Irina Sabin, Silvia Crosignani, Yael Zilbershlag, Matteo Cesari, Tzvi Dwolatzky

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the many challenges and difficulties of healthcare systems caring for older frail people. This public health crisis has indeed jeopardised the concept of the welfare state, in particular the right of older people to uncompromised healthcare. Together with the clinical challenges facing the geriatric patient and the organisational difficulties of the healthcare systems, sociocultural factors may have also played a substantial role in the strategies that countries have applied in coping with the pandemic. In this opinion article, we report attitudes towards the older populations of two countries, Italy and Israel, during the COVID-19 pandemic as viewed through the looking-glass of the media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1014
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume48
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aged
  • COVID-19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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