Monday, May 16, 2022

Resolving the subtypes of COVID-19 in the elderly

SARS-Cov-2 is one of the most complex viruses known to medical science. Patients with COVID-19 present a broad spectrum of clinical manifestations, ranging from asymptomatic infection to lethal outcome. Both the young and the old may have very different clusters of symptoms and responses to medications, including the COVID-19 vaccines.  Each type is associated with how severe of an illness a patient might experience, ranging from asymptomatic to lethal. 


Precision medicine approaches such as whole-exome sequencing can provide insight into the phenotypes, endotypes and underlying mechanisms of the disease. The high cost of cutting-edge approaches, however, keeps these tools out of reach for many research teams. 

In this age of big data and large clinical studies, we should not forget about the value of individual cases. A good case report tells a detailed story. It describes a unique phenotype and offers unique clues to its resolution into an endotype. 

A new systematic review of case reports aims to answer questions about COVID-19 subtypes in octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians and offer possible solutions to organize the knowledge and identify the gaps. 


REFERENCE

Irene S. Gabashvili. The outcomes of COVID-19 vaccination and SARS-CoV-2 infection in octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians. PROSPERO 2022 CRD42022332621 Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42022332621

Irene S. Gabashvili (2022), “COVID-19 vaccine and SARS-CoV-2 in the oldest old: rapid literature review”, Mendeley Data, v1 http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/6sk33d9z7s.1 https://data.mendeley.com/datasets/6sk33d9z7s/1


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