The COVID-19 can cause mild to severe respiratory infections in most people who are infected, with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, older adults or people who has medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, or diabetes, are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. It is very important to take steps to stay healthy and lower coronavirus risks for seniors and people with compromised immune system.
Reducing the Chances from Catching COVID-19 From Others
Right now, it’s safer not to be around others, as the main way for coronavirus to spread is by person to person contact. It’s important for seniors to try to remain home as much as possible and take everyday precautions to keep space between themselves and others. The statistics we get from the media about the spread of the virus are about people who are getting tested, knowing that not everyone shows the same symptoms and not everyone is getting tested, there are many more cases that haven’t been detected, seniors should assume the virus is in their community and take the precautions.
Many recreation centers and clubs shifted to online services that allow seniors to communicate safely. Seniors also should avoid going to grocery stores and consider online shopping and delivery options. Also, they should cancel any unnecessary appointments at this time.
Caregivers should take every precaution to keep their loved ones safe and help them adapt this new situation.
Home care services provides solutions for seniors who are having difficulties managing their day to day tasks. In-home caregivers can help seniors by running errands and ensuring they have their supplies and daily needs.
Lowering the Odds of Getting COVID-19 From Surfaces
Another way of getting the virus is if seniors touch an infected surface, and then touch their face. It is very important to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations so it reduces the chances of your loved one being exposed to the virus at home; seniors are encouraged to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
All surfaces that are touched often must be cleaned regularly, like counters, sinks, tabletops, cellphones, and doorknobs. It is important to clean the supplies when they receive packages and deliveries as well.
Seniors need to keep their immune systems as strong as they can.
The coronavirus is more dangerous on seniors since their immune system weakens as they age, it’s critical to for seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices to strengthen their immunity. Eating healthy meals, staying hydrated, exercising regularly. Getting enough sleep is vital to keep your immune system strong. The National Sleep Foundation recommends aiming for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.