How The Elderly Can Protect Themselves From Coronavirus
- Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds each time
- Make sure you wash your hands when arriving home
- If soap and water isn’t available, use hand sanitiser
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Throw tissues away immediately and wash your hands
- Avoid close contact with those who are unwell or if you’re feeling unwell
- If your hands aren’t clean, do not touch your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose
If the spread of coronavirus worsens, older people may be advised to stay at home and avoid crowds to help evade infection. The government is looking into ways to manage and control the spread of the virus without isolating and neglecting vulnerable pensioners for long periods. The new science minister, Amanda Solloway, has warned that elderly people could end up being “cut off” and urged family members to visit them now in the eventuality they will be told to isolate themselves.
If this does become the case, it’s important that family and friends stay in touch with their elderly loved ones via regular text messages, telephone calls and video chat. Loneliness among the older generation is a serious condition that can cause a number of health issues and weaken the immune system.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways and presents with similar symptoms as colds and flu. The symptoms of COVID-19 include a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. It is not known exactly how this new virus is spread but similar conditions are spread in cough droplets. There isn’t currently a specific treatment for coronavirus but there are ways to help ease the symptoms while your body fights off the illness. Antibiotics do not work as they are used to treat bacterial infections and not viruses.
The latest advice says that if you have come into contact with someone who has coronavirus or visited a country with a high infection rate, call 111. You may be asked to self-isolate which means staying at home and avoiding close contact with people for 2 weeks or until you have fully recovered.