COVID-19 and MIT AgeLab Operations
Efforts to halt the spread of COVID-19 have temporarily transformed daily life in the United States and much of the world. Staff and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been ordered to work from home.
All of our MIT AgeLab researchers continue to work remotely, however, and most of the AgeLab's research will continue during the period of containment. Onsite experiments and subject interviews have been halted, but work that can be conducted remotely, such as survey research, interviews, panel studies, virtual focus groups, and data analysis are ongoing. While the modalities may have changed, we are committed to maintaining our research, publication, education, and outreach plans.
AgeLab COVID-19 Research
In addition to pursuing our longevity, aging, demographics, and technology research agenda, the AgeLab has begun to examine the impact of COVID-19 on the attitudes and behaviors of individuals and groups across generations through surveys and telephone interviews.
Source: MIT AgeLab Nationwide Survey on COVID-19, March 2020.
Older Adults and COVID-19
COVID-19 poses a particular threat to older adults. The current estimated mortality rate for the virus is greatest among individuals over the age of 65. Stymieing the spread of COVID-19 is especially important for those who are concerned with the wellbeing and rights of older people.
Older adults should be particularly cautious during the pandemic in order to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. Younger adults should also be particularly aware of their potential to transmit the virus to older and more vulnerable individuals, including their family members. Younger adults who carry the virus are often asymptomatic, but they are still capable of transmitting the disease.
As citizens are asked to avoid public gatherings and workplaces, social isolation will be a risk for people who live alone, both older and younger. Keep in touch with friends and family, and be mindful not only of virus prevention but also of supporting people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Learn more about preparing for and responding to COVID-19 from the CDC.
The MIT AgeLab team wishes all our friends and colleagues good health. Although we are dispersed, we are online and continuing our work. Please feel free to reach out to us about ongoing and new research as well as questions regarding COVID-19, older adults, and caregivers. Many thanks for your continued support. Be well.