The recent outbreak of a form of Coronavirus – now known as COVID-19 is spreading sustainably all over the world, raising new concerns and fears among people worldwide. Adults 65 and over are most susceptible. The disease is known to cause respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, cough, fever and shortness of breath.
We recently posted an article on the preventive and protective measures for older adults.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on the fatality rates of infected people. Here is a quick snapshot of the impact to older adults
Fatality reports amongst all people with preexisting illnesses also increased.
The report also indicates that fatality rates for males is higher at 2.8% as compared to females which is at 1.7%
So, how can elders protect themselves from the Coronavirus outbreak?
It starts with a well-defined and sustained hygiene plan and some simple lifestyle changes
- Wash Hands Often
- Practice Respiratory and Personal Hygiene
- Avoid Travel
- Stay Current with All Medications
- Stay Hydrated and Maintain a Healthy And Nutritionally Complete Diet
You can find general guidelines on the above activities here.
And if you feel like you are experiencing the systems…
It is quite possible that even after following the above steps habitually, you may see signs of illness and experience some flu like symptoms, including cough, fever and even pneumonia. At the first sign of these systems, pay a visit to your doctor and get checked for the type of infection. Your doctor should be able to diagnose your condition and recommend the correct remedial plan.
Doctors and experts worldwide are working closely to come up with resolution for Covid-19. New information from research and testing is being published frequently. WHO and CDC continue to release bulletins on new discoveries and developments and are disseminating information regarding precautionary measures to help keep the public informed and safe.
Elders, caregivers and family members should continue to follow web or official media channels, for latest information and developments.