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How Seniors Can Protect Themselves From the Coronavirus

Seniors can be more susceptible to severe or even deadly illness when infected with the coronavirus. It can be even more dangerous if one has a pre-existing condition like lung disease, cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. It is, therefore, critical for the older adults to adhere to the safety measures, and others should rally behind them to offer assistance where necessary. Here are a few things seniors can do to make sure they have some extra protection against this deadly virus.

Limit Travel

Regardless of where you live, you must minimize or avoid going out altogether to reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19. Unnecessary trips out of the house contribute to the risk of infections, and it is can be riskier for the older adults because of their compromised immune system. If you must go out, make sure you put on a facemask and avoid touching surfaces. Wash your hands thoroughly and/or use hand sanitizer when you return. If at all possible, seniors who live alone should stock up on groceries and other necessities through home deliveries, volunteer organizations, or by having a trusted friend or family member deliver. It is also best to avoid visits to the doctor for elective medical procedures and regular check-ups, but make sure you monitor your health. Check with your physician for their recommendations.

Sanitize More Than Usual

Proper hand hygiene is critical for preventing coronavirus infections. Therefore, wash your hands and follow the CDC’s guidelines for how to avoid contamination. Both seniors and the people who live with them should observe the set guidelines. Make sure you do not touch your face and sanitize surfaces frequently, including doorknobs and medical equipment like canes, walkers and handrails. Cover your mouth using tissues or the bend of the elbow if you need to cough.

Practice Physical Distancing

Older adults should keep physical distance and minimize or avoid interacting with other people. Stay in your apartment as much as possible if you live in a retirement community. The downside of physical isolation is the loneliness that may cause stress, anxiety, and depression. To avoid the boredom that comes with isolating yourself from your loved ones, you should find fun things to do to keep your mind stimulated and pass the time. During this crisis period, stay in touch with your relatives and friends through phone calls and video chat instead of receiving visitors at your home.

It is critical, especially if you live alone, to regularly communicate with someone you trust to express how you feel and release the built-up stress to ensure that you remain in the right state of mind. Continue doing activities you enjoy at home and even discover new hobbies. For your safety, adhere to the prevention measures and regulations to reduce the chances of infection.

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