COVID stress in older adults: considerations during the Omicron wave and beyond

Authored by: Thomas Hadjistavropoulus and Gordon J.G. Asmundson

Research from earlier phases of the COVID-19 pandemic shows that COVID stress fluctuates in response to the current rates of infection and type of public health measures being enforced. The Omicron variant has led to an increase in COVID-related stress and additional stressors related to vaccination hesitancy, supply chain, and over capacity of healthcare systems. Although there is a growing amount of research evidence on the COVID-19 pandemic, additional examination is needed to guide the development of interventions for stressors associated with pandemics. Minimal research has been conducted on the impact of these stressors on older adults and additional research with a focus on the mechanisms of COVID distress for the aging population is needed.

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