In China, about fifteen percent of patients over the age of 80 died from the virus. What can we do to care for our loved ones?
The WHO has declared the coronavirus a pandemic, and the number of cases continues to rise worldwide
The statistics are alarming. In China, about 15 percent of patients over the age of 80 died from the virus. If one thing is true in these difficult days caused by the pandemic, it is that older adults are the most affected. Especially those who have any medical condition.
Although this does not mean that adults over the age of 60 are more likely to get sick, everyone can be a victim of COVID-19, it is just that the elderly are more likely to complicate with the symptoms caused by the virus.
Those with respiratory tract diseases, heart problems, diabetes, and other ailments have a weak immune system compared to the rest of the population. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a series of guidelines to keep them safe.
HOW TO PROTECT OUR LOVED ONES
The first thing you have to tell them is to avoid leaving the house, to do so only for what is necessary. Teach them how to wash their hands properly and if they live alone, take the time to teach them how to use Skype, Facetime, Zoom, or any other application to see them.
Medical appointments, unless they are for a chronic illness, must be suspended. If you live with them, you must follow the cleaning routine when leaving and returning to the house.
You must remove your shoes at the door and leave them outside, go to the house and go directly to a place where you can undress and put the clothes in a closed basket or directly in the washing machine. Then you should bathe and brush your teeth, dress in clean clothes and you will be ready to have contact with your family.
Another important thing is that you should clean the door handles and keys with alcohol. All this will not only keep you safe, it will also prevent contagion from those who live with you.
OLDER ADULTS, ASYLUM AND THE COVID-19
One of the biggest concerns is people living alone and those in nursing homes or asylums. For those who live alone, it is important that your family keep in touch with video calls, if possible several times a day. This in order to verify the health of the person and not get depressed.
It is also important to keep them informed and active, to find a way for them to do activities inside the house. They can make a video call and put an exercise channel at the same time, also prepare together with them some recipes.
Let us remember to take care of them at all times since they are the most vulnerable.
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