Dementia and outcomes from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia: A systematic review and meta-analysis | Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics November 2020
The number of positive and death cases from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still increasing until now. One of the most prone individuals, even in normal situations is patients with dementia. Currently, no study provides clear evidence regarding the link between dementia and COVID-19. This study aims to analyze the relationship between dementia and poor outcomes of COVID-19 infection.
A total of 24 studies with 46,391 dementia patients were included in this meta-analysis. This study showed that dementia was associated with composite poor outcome and its subgroup which comprised of risk of COVID-19 infection, and mortality from COVID-19 infection.
The authors conclude that extra care and close monitoring should then be provided to patients with dementia to minimize the risk of infections, preventing the development of severe and mortality outcomes.