One thing everyone agrees on about the COVID-19 pandemic? Keeping the elderly and almost-elderly safe should be priority #1. Evidence from all over the world shows they’re at the highest risk of contracting a serious case of this virus. Indeed, they’re at the highest risk of dying from it. China CDC reported that nearly 15% of patients ages 80 or older with coronavirus died from the disease.
True, convincing your parents or grandparents to take COVID-19 seriously may not be easy. But if you’ve managed to get them to listen, here’s some tips about what your loved ones can do to be safer.
Why? The SARS-CoV-2 virus is highly contagious, so the best way to avoid getting it is to stay away from anyone who may have it. Who, you may ask, may have COVID-19? Anyone and everyone. It is likely that people can spread the virus even if they don’t appear to be sick. If you’re young and healthy, you may choose a level of “social distancing” for yourself, as described by Bruce Lee for Forbes. But Grandma and Grandpa should simply stay at home and avoid contact with all non-essential people. Call it “social distancing” via satellite. Want to check on your elderly parents or grandparents? Call or Facetime, that’s it.
Wash your hands.
If you touch someone or something that has the virus, you may get it as well. Transmission can occur via coughing, sneezing, or airborne transmission.
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Monitor your symptoms.
COVID-19 can be caught earlier by checking temperatures twice a day, which can be an early sign of the disease. Anyone with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should call their physician right away.
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