Caring for Our Elderly, in the COVID-19 Context

Publication:  Rediff.com
Publication Date: 16 March, 2020
Author: Prashanth Reddy

“Ignoring a doctor’s advice can be fatal, not only for the patient but also for the caregivers and their loved ones.”

As we all know, COVID-19 has almost brought our life to a standstill. Though most of us know the serious impact this disease can have on us, we would like to bring attention to how it can have a major effect on the life of the elderly. As senior citizens, there are chances of having a lower level of immunity than the rest of the population. Hence, it becomes even more necessary for the elderly to keep themselves safe from being infected. The most susceptible and those that may have difficulty in recovering are the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, asthma, cancer, kidney disease lung infections or heart issues. General symptoms that an individual may show after 2 to 14 days of their exposure to CoV are cough, sore throat, fever and few more. However, it is not certain that  those experiencing these symptoms are CoV positive. It is always better to be tested and sure about our health conditions before assuming them. Affected individuals should self-quarantine for a few weeks and ensure that they cover their nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing. Caregivers of these patients should be more careful as they have higher chances of being the next infected person in the family.

“Elders must think twice about having friends and family members visit them…Caregivers should practice extra precautions”

Since the elderly are at a higher risk, caregivers must take basic preventive measures to deal with the situation. Ensure surfaces are clean and hands are washed frequently. Watch out for any early signs and get medical help swiftly. Social distancing and isolation is probably the best thing to do right now. This may lead to anxiety among the elderly, which should be addressed. Caregivers should also prepare for the likelihood of them falling sick. To know more about how we can do our best to stay away from Corona viruses, click here: https://m.rediff.com/getahead/report/health-covid-19-7-steps-to-take-care-of-your-parents-elders/20200316.htm

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