While novel coronavirus can infect persons of all age groups, people aged 60 and above are at higher risk of dreaded infection. Here are some tips for the older adults to prepare and protect themselves against the novel coronavirus.
First and foremost, don't ignore the symptoms. Fever, dry cough and difficulty in breathing are some of the symptoms of the infection. If you notice any such symptoms, rush for medical help.
Mind it, the virus contageous disease that spreads from one person to another.
The tips come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Drs. Carla Perissinotto and Samir Sinha, both geriatricians.
Cancel non-essential doctor’s appointments
Schedule tele-health sessions for appointments you can’t miss
Designate an emergency contact
Wash your hands frequently (scrub for 20 seconds with soap and water)
If soap is not available, use hand sanitiser
Ensure enough groceries and household products last you a “prolonged period of time” at home
Consider mail ordering rather than going for prescription medication
Avoid nonessential travel especially air travel
Don’t go on a cruise – cruise ship passengers are at a higher risk of infection
Remain indoors as much as possible if your locality is witnessing an outbreak
While in public, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated buildings
Keep several feet of distance from people
After going in public, wash your hands with soap
If you need to isolate, keep in touch with family and friends
Most long-term care facilities have pandemic plans
Call facility staff for information on their plan
If you’re sick, do not visit a nursing home
If you’re visiting a nursing home in an outbreak area, get screened before entering
Figure out an alternative mode of communication if a nursing home bans visitors
Call your doctor before going in for a test
Don’t use public transportation and stay at home as much as possible
Call a local coronavirus hotline for more information