Medical expert explains why coronavirus affects elderly people more

A medical expert at the Federal Medical Center, FMC, Makurdi, Benue State, Ifegbike Kalu, have highlighted reasons why older people are more in danger of reaching Coronavirus than the young people.

Records have it that since the flare-up of Coronavirus in Wuhan Province of China in 2019, most of its victims have been elderly people.

However, Dr Kalu, in a chat with DailyNews disclosed that weak immunity and underlying conditions could make elderly people susceptible to Coronavirus.

Kalu clarified that underlying health conditions may weaken the immune system thereby making it difficult for the white blood cells to fight diseases in older people.

He stated: “The truth is that even when it has to do with other illnesses there are certain factors that make you susceptible even if you are very young or old. For example, if you have Malaria the young ones will likely have more complications than the older people.

“And the same applies to Coronavirus, immunity in the old is not so strong. I won’t like to go into details of white blood cells, how their migration and strength fight infections which are very slow and this can be very overwhelming.

“In the old, nutritional deficiency and sometimes these old people have underlying condition and other issues. Underlying ailments have a way of boosting the chances of old people coming down with severe infections including Coronavirus. Like I said deficiency issues is part of them, you have to eat well and have nutrients to fight diseases.”

In the mean time, Nigeria’s coronavirus toll now stands at 12 following the affirmation of four new cases by the federal Ministry of Health on Thursday.