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Arch Hellen Med, 38(4), July-August 2021, 544-547


Policies followed by four European countries in the management of Covid-19
The right of older people to health and life care

P. Masoura,1 A. Skitsou,1 E. Biskanaki,1,2 G. Charalambous1,3
1Frederick University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
2Department of Pharmacy, General Hospital of Livadia, Livadia, Greece
3Emergency Department, "Ippokratio" General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece

In 2020 a new strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Covid-19) appeared on the world stage, which greatly affects the elderly and to which patients with underlying diseases are vulnerable. This study, which covered the period from late January to mid-June 2020, explored the different health policies implemented in the UK, Italy, Spain and Greece with regard to Covid-19, which resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives in Europe in this period. In parallel, the right to life is examined, as this is now guaranteed by legal documentation, both of international organizations (e.g., the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the Greek legislative framework. The material used in this study was collected from the World Health Organization website,, and through an online survey on current affairs.

Key words: Covid-19, Europe, Health policies, Human rights.

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