The NEAR steering group member Ingmar Skoog, Gothenburg University, criticizes the maintained recommendations for 70+ individuals in Sweden, put forward by the Swedish public health authority. He opines that those showing no symptoms should be allowed to live by the same rules as the rest of the population, i.e. wash hands and keep distance.
The Swedish Research Council has decided on grants regarding the call för COVID-19 research. NEAR’s Director Laura Fratiglioni received 1.68 MSEK för her application into
“Indirect damage of COVID-19 in the elderly: short-term and long-term health effects of the outbreak of the epidemic”
The Director of NEAR, Laura Fratiglioni, together with four other Geriatric researchers, demand a more active restraint of the Covid-19 virus spread in Swedish health and elderly care, in an opinion article in the Swedish daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. (In Swedish.)
NEAR’s director Laura Fratiglioni was interviewed in “Rapport” on Swedish public TV about the administration of morphine to elderly in case of breathing difficulties.
Leading Swedish geriatric researchers have critisized the Swedish government for not utilizing the special committee for elderly questions that was set up by the same administration in the autumn of 2019. Requests from the committee to play a role in the Covid-19-pandemic have been left unanswered. (In Swedish.)
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Ingmar Skoog, PI and member of the NEAR Steering Board, is interviewed in Altinget (in Swedish).
Laura Fratiglioni and Ingmar Skoog from the NEAR collaboration are among the experts interviewed in “Vetenskapsradion På djupet” on the problems with the spread of Covid-19 among the most vulnerable, elderly people in Sweden (In Swedish).
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Carin Lennartsson, PI of the NEAR-associated project SWEOLD, is interviewed on Swedish Television on the growing problems with social isolation for the elderly in the Covid-19 risk groups. (Click the picture to view the clip. In Swedish.)
She is also featured in an article (in Swedish), commenting on the myth that Swedish elderly are the lonliest in the world.
On the Swedish public television show Agenda on Sunday, 10 May, the NEAR PI and collaborator Professor Ingmar Skoog took part in a discussion panel about the failure to protect the elderly in Sweden. The discussion starts at the 11-minute mark. (In Swedish.)
In Läkartidningen, 30 leading Swedish researchers in aging research offer their help to the government and Swedish governmental agencies to secure the best care for the elderly, the group most affected by the coronavirus.