Seniors have been identified as a vulnerable population for serious complications from COVID-19. Here are some tips to help seniors stay safe.
Since our members serve primarily the aging population, many clients have expressed concern to us over the recent headlines about the spread of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19. While it is true that the senior community is more vulnerable to developing a more serious case of Coronavirus, there are steps that you can take to reduce your risk.
1. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Studies have shown that a significant portion of people do not wash their hands for long enough. Make a habit to wash your hands using soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon returning home, before and after you eat or prepare foods, and any other time your hands may become contaminated.
2. Avoid touching your hands and face. This is a tough habit to break, but viruses usually infect a host by breaching a mucus membrane on the eyes, nose or mouth.
3. Avoid unnecessary trips and travel. The CDC has not imposed any restrictions but it does encourage high risk groups - those over 60 and anyone with underlying health conditions - to avoid any unnecessary travel.
4. Stock up on essentials. CDC officials have recommended those over 60 to stock up on medications, groceries, and essential goods to prepare for staying home for a period of time.
5. Contact your doctor if you experience symptoms. If you experience any flu-like symptoms including a sore throat, a fever or a cough, your doctor will let you know what your next steps to take.
Unfortunately, those over 60 or anyone with underlying health conditions like high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart disease or lung disease are at an increased risk of adverse outcome. However, by taking the right preventative steps, we can protect ourselves, our families and our community.
Stay up to date on the CDC's latest recommendations for high-risk populations by visiting this page.