The public is spiraling into a panic amidst the news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak! But panicking is the LAST thing you should do! The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are urging everyone (especially seniors and those working in home care) to take careful precautions to remain healthy. Seniors are unfortunately more susceptible to the virus due to weaker immune systems, so taking these organizations’ advice below can help both you and your senior remain healthy during this time.
First and foremost, DON’T. PANIC. It can be a challenge not to buy into media-induced fear of the Coronavirus, but panicking can actually be counterproductive to staying healthy. So instead, treat the Coronavirus just like you would a regular flu epidemic. Make sure you’re taking all of the necessary safety measures and keep your cool.
We’re starting to see nursing homes and assisted living facilities cut off visitations. Your senior in home care needs to be careful, too! For the time being, have your senior practice keeping their social distance. This means when they’re out in public, they should keep a distance of at least 3 feet from anyone who may be coughing or sneezing. For visitors, ensure that anyone who comes into contact with your senior is feeling healthy.
Wash Your Hands and Don’t Touch Your Face
Your hands should be kept as clean as possible! Wash them thoroughly by rubbing them together vigorously for at least 20 seconds with an alcohol-based soap. This will help kill viruses that might be on the hands. Try not to touch your face, either. Specifically, your eyes, nose, or mouth. Coronavirus is not airborne, but the virus can be transferred from the hands to any of these orifices.
Seek Healthcare Immediately If…
You’re coughing, sneezing, have a runny nose, have a fever, or are experiencing difficulty breathing. Each of these are symptoms of the Coronavirus and should not be brushed off just because they’re similar to the common cold. If your senior experiences any of these symptoms, have them seek healthcare as soon as possible to keep them healthy and to prevent them from spreading the virus.
For more information about the Coronavirus and prevention for your senior loved one, please contact Home Care Assistance to talk with our senior care experts.