It is essential to start with a good planning to protect yourself and others from Novel Coronavirus.
As the coronavirus spreads across the globe, it’s becoming more apparent that seniors need to remain more cautious about themselves than ever. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Centre for Immunization Respiratory Diseases (NIRD) give an insight on how coronavirus is impacting the elderly.
It is essential to start with a good planning to protect yourself and others from Novel Coronavirus.It is time to think about what would you do to prepare for any outbreak or disaster in the community. This includes making sure you have adequate supplies of food and prescription medications in case you need to stay home, and practice everyday preventive actions such as washing your hands, cleaning your home to remove germs, avoiding sick people, and know when to get medical help if you’re ill.
Advice for Seniors –
- Seniors with health conditions like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes need to be especially careful to avoid exposure to Covid-19. As seniors experience a gradual deterioration of their immune system, making it harder for their body to fight off infections and diseases.
- The greatest risk of infection is among those who are in close contact with people who have Covid-19. This includes family members and health care workers who care for people who are infected. Hence take action to reduce exposure.
- Knowing what’s going on locally is really important. To avoid community transmission social distancing is encouraged. However, to prevent infection it is recommended that you maintain social distancing.
- If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, call your family doctor or a health care expert, inform them about your symptoms and follow their instructions. Do not panic and rush to the hospital directly because there are higher chances of you contracting the virus at the hospital.
- It is not yet known whether weather and temperature can have an impact on the spread of Covid-19. Viruses like common cold and flu spread more easily during weather change and cold weather. However, follow the preventive guidelines strictly to stay healthy.
- Do not touch your face. Pay close and constant attention to how often you put your hands near your mouth, scratch your eye or touch your nose.Train yourself to often wash your hands correctly.
- Many seniors live in homes with other members. Keep in mind to maintain safe distance from any family member with common cold or flu.
- In case of caregivers and care recipients, discuss the preparation plans, including how to stay in touch via phone or email. Determine who can provide you with care if your caregiver gets sick. Caregivers and their care recipients will need to work together to make sure they do not expose each other to Covid19.
- Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. You may need to ask for help if you become sick. Keep in touch with your household members, other relatives and friends.
- People who live alone should have plans in place, even prior to the onset of any symptoms, for friends, family and healthcare providers to safety check on them and provide help if they do, in fact, develop symptoms or become sick.
- While we have no control over certain risk factors there is much we can do to prepare and protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
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