You’ve probably heard the news: There’s been an outbreak of COVID-19, AKA Coronavirus. Even though it seems the public is panicking, that’s the LAST thing you should do! Instead, you should be taking serious measures and following a protocol to stay healthy, as issued by both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Seniors and home care workers should take the advice below very seriously as seniors are more susceptible to the virus due to their weaker immune systems.
We know it can be hard not to buy into media-induced fear, but the best thing you can do right know is to stay calm and not panic. We recommend you treating the Coronavirus just like you would a regular flu epidemic, and be sure you are taking the extra measures to keep your composure and remain healthy.
While nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country are cutting off visitations, your senior needs take their own precautions and practice some social distance. If they are still accepting visitors, make sure that each visitor is feeling healthy and well. When in public, your senior needs to keep a distance of 3 feet from anyone sneezing or coughing.
Wash Your Hands and Don’t Touch Your Face
Stock up on some alcohol-based soaps and hand sanitizer, and keep your hands cleaned! When washing, rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds to kill the virus. Throughout the day, don’t touch your face, especially the eyes, nose, and mouth. The Coronavirus enters through these orifices, so you don’t want to spread the virus from your hands to your face.
Seek Healthcare Immediately If…
You’re having any symptoms of the Coronavirus. This includes coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, and difficulty breathing. Do not brush off any of these symptoms just because they may seem common of other illnesses. If your senior has any of these symptoms, have them seek healthcare immediately to stay healthy and prevent the spread of 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.