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Letter to the Editor 


Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19

Chien-Ming Chao.

Abstract
Glynn raised the concern about the need for protecting workers aged 60-69 years from COVID-19. In addition to the general population, we think this issue is important within the healthcare system. However, we wonder whether this estimation can be applied in the healthcare system. To answer this question, we used the same model to estimate the distribution of death according to the doctor's age group. First, we found that 40% and 30% of deaths are in the 70+ and 60-69 year group. Second, after excluding the doctors aged more than 70 years, it estimated that 48% of deaths developed in the 60-69 years age group. Both of these findings were consistent with Glynnˇ's findings and suggest that doctors aged over 60 years should be protected. Moreover, we also noted that 31.4% of deaths were estimated to occur in the 50-59-year groups in the group aged less than 70 years. This ratio was higher in the analysis of the general population by Glynn, in which 25% of death developed in the group aged 50-59 years. Overall, it suggested that doctors aged greater than 50 years should need protection within the hospital in this COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid overload of the healthcare system, which was associated with the poor outcome of critical COVID-19 patients and prevent the death of aged physicians, appropriate allocation of physicians' works according to their specificity and age should be conducted to enhance the effectiveness of healthcare resource.

Key words: COVID-19, doctor, health staff


 
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Chien-Ming Chao. Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19. Ulutas Med J. 2020; 6(2): 101-102. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911


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Chien-Ming Chao. Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19. Ulutas Med J. (2020), [cited October 01, 2020]; 6(2): 101-102. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911



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Chien-Ming Chao (2020) Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19. Ulutas Med J, 6 (2), 101-102. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911



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Chien-Ming Chao. 2020. Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19. THE ULUTAS MEDICAL JOURNAL, 6 (2), 101-102. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911



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Chien-Ming Chao. "Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19." THE ULUTAS MEDICAL JOURNAL 6 (2020), 101-102. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911



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Chien-Ming Chao. "Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19." THE ULUTAS MEDICAL JOURNAL 6.2 (2020), 101-102. Print. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911



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Chien-Ming Chao (2020) Protecting Doctors Aged Greater than 50 Years from COVID-19. THE ULUTAS MEDICAL JOURNAL, 6 (2), 101-102. doi:10.5455/umj.20200513022911