Welcome to the first edition of this newsletter and I hope you enjoy reading it. The idea is to provide an update on the various themes that my work focuses on based both on what I see happening plus my own latest research and reading.
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There is hardly anything about Covid-19 in this newsletter. That may add to its appeal for some and detract for others. At the time of writing the situation is extremely worrying and changing every day– both in terms of public health and economic impact. Right now this is a general public health worry that should concern us all. Indeed its encouraging to see how widespread the sense of collective responsibility is in terms of ‘social distancing’ and taking measures to slow the spread of the virus.
However, the fact current estimates of mortality rates suggest they rise strongly with age suggests an important interaction with an ageing society. With more people around the world now aged over 65 than under 5 even the way a potential pandemic spreads and impacts will be different in an ageing society. I will return to the interaction between Covid-19 and ageing society/longevity in a later newsletter when things are hopefully clearer but for now I wish you and those close to you the best of health.