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Warning for over 60s about face-to-face contact during coronavirus pandemic

 Scientists have warned that people over 60s should avoid face-to-face contact during the coronavirus outbreak.  New research suggests that 7.3 million British people aged between 60 and 69 are at a high risk of severe illness and death from the virus.

In an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, experts revealed that data from countries such as China and Italy found that those in their 60s had a high number of hospital admissions, The UK government’s current advice is for people over the age of 70 to shield themselves, regardless of whether they have medical conditions or not.

However, now scientists are warned that those aged between 60 and 69 should also follow the same rules because they are at risk of complications from the virus.  This risk is lower compared with those aged 70 years or older.

Professor Azeem Majeed, head of the department of primary care and public health at Imperial College London, said “To reduce hospitalisations, intensive care admissions and death we recommend that those aged between 60 and 69 are particularly stringent when implementing public health measures such as social distancing and personal hygiene.”