The Omicron variant has more than 60 mutations, which are changes in the structure of a gene, on the spike protein that increase the binding strength of the virus, making it more infectious.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors have reported significantly fewer social in-person interactions and decreased social life, which has been associated with increased depression and reduced quality of life. The pandemic has also resulted in a reduction in physical activity, disruptions in sleep, and a harder time accessing services.
Despite being more likely to take precautions and be concerned about their health, seniors were more likely to report having very good or excellent mental health. Since seniors are more likely to have pre-existing health conditions, some of which increase the risk of severe COVID-19, they have been hit harder than other groups in the population. Seniors tend to have weaker immune systems due to the reduced production of B and T cells in bone marrow, which makes it harder to fight off infectious diseases.
Although more seniors are using technology than ever before, the majority still require assistance to access information. The most popular way for seniors to stay connected with family and friends through the pandemic is through technology.