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If I'm old, will they not take me to hospital?

The decision about whether or not to admit someone to hospital should not be made based on a single factor (such as age), but should be made taking into account the person’s individual situation and health.  

There is evidence that intensive hospital treatments for COVID-19 are less likely to succeed on people who are frail or have certain underlying health conditions, and there is a clear correlation between old age and frailty/ill health.  For this reason, it is likely that for many older people, home will be the most appropriate place of care (and people can access various forms of support from home).

However, age alone should not stop a healthy individual from accessing hospital treatment that has a good chance of helping them.

More information about how decisions are made relating to care and treatment is available here: COVID-19 - making decisions

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