A recent study called FRASNET enrolled on a voluntary basis a cohort on 1240 elderly people. They were either patients of the Nephrology and Dialysis unit at San Raffaele hospital in Milan, guests of care homes, or members of cultural, social and recreational centers for the elderly in the wider Milan area. Demographic, anthropometric and biochemical data were collected, together with information on comorbidities and pharmacological therapies, psychophysical test results and biological samples.
After the first wave of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic, we have interviewed the members of this same cohort to gather information on possible coronavirus infections and evaluate the impact of the pandemic on frail patients. It emerged that the prevalence of SARS-Cov-2 infections was 0.7% within this cohort. This encouraging result seems to confirm the effectiveness of the measures taken at the start of the pandemic, especially social distancing and personal protective equipment.
Keywords: FRASNET study, frail patients, elderly, SARS-Cov-2