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  • 1.  NYTimes: For Seniors Especially, Covid Can Be Stealthy

    Posted 08-09-2021 01:59
    For Seniors Especially, Covid Can Be Stealthy
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/08/health/coronavirus-symptoms-elderly.html?
    
    A key diagnostic article to share with your staff, coworkers, and friends. COVID symptoms appear very differently in seniors. Just because they don't cough, have low oxygen levels, or lost their sense of taste, it can still be COVID and still be challenging; 1/3 of those with atypical symptoms die just as tho use with typical COVID symptoms. 

    "The rate of atypical symptoms rose significantly with age, affecting about 31 percent of those aged 65 to 74, but more than 44 percent of those over 85. These symptoms occurred more commonly in women, in Black patients (but not in Hispanics) and in those who had other chronic diseases, particularly diabetes or dementia."

    Best,
    Helene

      



  • 2.  RE: NYTimes: For Seniors Especially, Covid Can Be Stealthy

    Posted 08-09-2021 08:28
    This, of course, is true for many diseases.  "Super seniors," 80 and up, often present with non-specific signs and symptoms and present a challenge in diagnosis.
    And, of course, we hope that most doctors are now aware that women with acute coronary symptoms present differently than men.
    When it comes to diagnosis, one size does not fit all.
    Ed
    Edward P Hoffer MD, FACP, FACC





  • 3.  RE: NYTimes: For Seniors Especially, Covid Can Be Stealthy

    Posted 08-09-2021 18:22
    More hindrances to diagnoses

    Is there likely to be any value to ranking the general hindrances to diagnosis (prior to seeing the patient) and then setting goals?

    Similarly is there any value to ranking hindrances to diagnosis after the patient has been seen for the first time and then setting goals?

    Rob Bell, M.D.