Bossa Older: Trends and lessons from Brazil and its elderly for better social isolation policies

Article published in the OECD

Marcelo Neri, Director of FGV Social and founder of the Center for Social Policies at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) writes article for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The article reflects on the impacts of COVID-19 in elderly people in Brazil. According to the World Health Organisation, elderly people are more prone to develop severe clinical conditions related to COVID-19. In particular, the lethality rate for those aged 80 or more are 13 times higher than for people between 50 and 55 years old. Therefore, to understand where the elderly are located is of fundamental importance. The main goal here is to provide detailed information regarding the elderly in Brazil as the most vulnerable group to the virus’ effects.

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