Granted, the coronavirus has happened so fast! With this in mind, it is now time to pay attention to who it affects the most. For this purpose, this would be our senior population. for this reason, our senior loved ones are very vulnerable to many illnesses. With this in mind, they do not need to add to it with the coronavirus. Furthermore, your top priority should be to take the steps to prepare and help them avoid getting a diagnosis. The coronavirus is mainly spread from person to person. Also, as long as we stay from a radius of 3-6 feet in diameter, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In other words, if you are vigilant and take special precautions, you can help your loved ones avoid getting it.
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What is coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a virus that affects the upper respiratory area. Most strains are not hazardous to your health. In the United States, coronaviruses are more common in the fall and winter. But, remember this is unknown and we do not know if it will continue in the warmer months. At this time, anyone can come down with a coronavirus infection at any time. The identification of the coronavirus was first discovered in the 1960s. And most of the time can affect both humans and animals. There are several types of coronavirus.
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS):
SARS came in 2003 and affected around 8,000 people. And killed about 800 people in 26 countries.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS):
MERS came out in 2014 and killed close to 900 people. It started in the middle east and did spread to the United States as well.
It started in the present day and can be fatal, especially to our senior loved ones. The origin started in Wuhu, China but is spreading fast all over the world. With knowledge and facts, we can stay calm and find a solution to protect the senior population to the best of our ability.
How the Coronavirus Affects Your Health and Those with Multiple Conditions
Covad-19 as it is now called mainly affects adults over 50 who suffer from multiple “Cronic” conditions. Furthermore, some of these conditions that will make things worse are:
What are the symptoms of Covid-19
It can range from mild to severe and takes 2-14 days after exposure for symptoms to appear. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the mortality rate increases with age. The highest mortality rate is for people 80 years of age or older and those with multiple underlying health conditions. The main symptoms are:
Shortness of breath
Furthermore, It is similar to the flu or a bad cold but can get worse and cause other problems like pneumonia or other respiratory problems.
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Stock up on all supplies: Food, medical, hygiene, and other basic necessities.
Keep yourselves and your loved ones well hydrated.
Take your vitamins to support your immune system.
Avoid crowds as much as possible.
Clean and disinfect touched items and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes.
Avoid cruise travel, non-essential air travel, and any mass transit transportation.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. Especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Do not forget your fingernails and thumbs as well.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
In addition, your senior loved one should avoid large public gatherings and avoid anyone who appears ill. If there is a need to go out, you should practice social distancing.
What to do if You Suspect Your Senior Loved One has been Around The Coronavirus?
First, do not panic. Contact your medical professional so they can direct you about what to do next. If you are a senior residing in a senior living facility or a long-term care facility, they should avoid communal rooms and meals, and consider eating in their own rooms.
Seniors who suffer from multiple medical conditions will need to postpone doctor visits that are not absolutely essential: annual eye exams, dental cleanings, etc. If it is available, they should also take advantage of Telemedicine. Where they can consult with a doctor but do not have to leave their home. Having drugs delivered to their home via their insurance carrier or by using services like Pill Pack by Amazon.
Family members and caregivers need to be alert for any “atypical presentation” of COVID-19. If a loved one falls or shows forgetfulness, this could be a sign of infection, even if other symptoms aren’t present. If your loved one doesn’t feel like themselves for ANY REASON, take it very seriously. If you need to know how to care for your loved ones, here is some material to help. Also, you can check this video from Raymond Lavine.
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Recommendations for family members, neighbors, and caregivers from the CDC:
Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a backup plan.
Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation. Ask about the health of the other residents frequently, and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
Where to get help and advice
The situation around the COVID-19 changes rapidly and often changing. Watch your local news to keep up with what is going on in your area. Furthermore, these are unusual times that we have not experienced. We must stay calm and do our very best to care for ourselves and our loved ones. If you are unsure of what to do, this is where you can get the most up-to-date information:
We are definitely in troubling times and need to be vigilant for ourselves and our loved ones. Here is a post on handwashing that will also help you. Overseeing this can cause you to stress because you can’t be in 2 places at one time: taking care of your business and taking care of your loved one. Look into hiring some help. This will give you the opportunity to get some rest and also make sure your loved one is properly cared for. Let’s chat about how I can be of service to you so you can take care of your business and your loved one.
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