People all over the world are currently in panic mode thanks to non-stop news of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. But we’re here to tell you NOT to panic! While you do need to take special measures to stay healthy and follow protocol issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), panicking will not help you. We’ve listed out advice for you below to help keep you and your senior loved one healthy during this time.
We get it. The media is all over the Coronavirus and it’s scaring people. But we really want you to try and stay calm! Panicking is counterproductive. Try treating the Coronavirus just like you would a regular flu epidemic. That means taking all the necessary steps to stay healthy and keep your composure.
If your senior is in home care, they should be exercising caution and practicing social distance. Nursing homes and living facilities are limiting visitations, and that’s a great idea for your senior too. Make sure any visitors are feeling healthy and well! If your senior is going out in public, they should stand clear – at least 3 feet – from people who are coughing or sneezing.
Wash Your Hands and Don’t Touch Your Face
You’re going to want to have alcohol-based soap and hand sanitizer on hand – literally! When you wash your hands, be sure to rub them together for at least 20 seconds vigorously. Try not to touch your face, either. Be especially careful to avoid the eyes, nose, and mouth. You can transfer the virus from your hand to these orifices, so it is best to not make contact with them entirely.
Seek Healthcare Immediately If…
You have any of the Coronavirus symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, and shortness of breath. Do not dismiss these symptoms. They should be taken seriously. If your senior is experiencing any of them, they should seek healthcare immediately. This will help them keep healthy and prevent them from spreading the virus to anyone else.
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.