Potential lethal outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among the elderly in retirement homes and long-term facilities, France, March 2020
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) -- Eurosurveillance
DOI 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2020.25.15.2000448
  1. COVID-19
  2. elderly
  3. long-term care facilities

Motivated by the potential devastating effect of a COVID-19 outbreak in retirement homes and long-term facilities for dependent elderly, we present the impact of worst-case scenarios in French institutions using a specific age structure and case‚Äďage fatality ratios. The death toll could equal the yearly death toll caused by seasonal influenza in those older than 65 years or could largely exceed that, depending on the final attack rate and proportion of infected institutions.