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How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Coronavirus

How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Coronavirus

Seniors and the Risk of Coronavirus

While anyone, regardless of age, is susceptible to COVID-19, adults over the age of 65 are more at risk of developing chronic symptoms associated with this strain of the coronavirus. While we are still learning about health complications and symptoms associated with COVID-19, we can always take precautions to prevent the spread of this viral infection. Here are some tips to help seniors stay healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Practice Social Distancing

Social distancing is key to preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, some seniors may require a caretaker to be in their home, making it difficult for them to practice social distancing and isolation from the outside world. If you are taking care of an elderly person, it’s essential to stick to the recommended guidelines from health experts about how to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are feeling sick, stay home, and find someone else that can tend to your elderly loved one. It’s critical for everyone to avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or feels ill.

Wash Hands Often

Washing your hands properly and often can help reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Follow these steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure a thorough wash:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water. Turn off the tap and apply soap.

  2. Rub your hands together with soap to lather your hands. Be sure to wash the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. The most popular way to time yourself is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly under clean, running water.

  5. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.

In addition to keeping hands clean, it’s also important to avoid touching your face, nose, and eyes.

Keep Your Home Clean

The National Institue of Health reports that the coronavirus can live on surfaces anywhere from a few hours to several days. Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched or used surfaces can help prevent the spread. Give the following a routine cleaning:

  • Tables
  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Handles on any furniture
  • Desks
  • Faucets
  • Sinks
  • Cell phones

What to Do If You Get Sick

If you are feeling ill, contact your healthcare provider by phone first. Since many healthcare facilities have implemented safety protocols for their patients, follow their directions on how you should proceed in getting care.

By taking the proper precautions and following the above tips, seniors can reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19.