How to Keep Safe as an Elderly citizen during the COVID-19 pandemic

The new coronavirus has been drastically affecting the lives of people across the globe. Most of us have had to make drastic alterations to our way of living, especially older people, who are generally considered to be at risk of catching the illness and suffering severe side-effects. Respiratory infections can become life-threatening, especially for those with compromised immune symptoms or other underlying conditions like diabetes or heart problems.

Therefore, it is essential that you take care of yourself, and that people around you play their part to keep you safe. One easy way to keep safe is to use things like hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, which can quickly help to kill the virus on your hands or on surfaces.

Seeing Friends and Family
It is essential that people at risk of COVID-19 and those who live with them, take measures to keep themselves safe.

The best way to prevent the spread is to limit your contact with other people. However, we understand that this is not a long-term solution. Keeping away from your family and friends is isolating. Therefore, be sure to take precautions to prevent getting COVID-19 when you do see other people.

  • The biggest thing you can do to keep yourself safe when interacting with others is to meet them outside.
  • If you do meet inside, keep it well ventilated with windows and doors open.
  • Keep everywhere disinfected before and after visiting to keep everyone safe.
  • Another good prevention method is for everybody to wear a mask.
  • Keep socially distanced at two meters apart and avoid contact.
  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drink, so you do not have to touch the same food, plates, etc.
  • Limit the number of people you see.
  • Furthermore, do not meet anyone who has been unwell or has been into contact with anyone who has been unwell. Some people can be asymptomatic but could still spread the virus to you.

Act Quickly
If you do begin to feel ill and have any symptoms of COVID-19, then contact your healthcare provider immediately. Symptoms include a high temperature, a cough, and a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste. To protect others, phone your healthcare provider and avoid walking into a GP.

Public Settings
You may have been confined to your house during the lockdown, but now you may be considering going into public settings again. While this naturally comes with more risk, it could also be beneficial to your mental health. And with a vaccine looking like it could be some time away, it could be that you have no choice but to begin to venture out.

There is no way to ensure that you have no risk of infection, and in general, the more people you come into contact with, the higher your risk.

  • If you decide to go to public places, protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions. Including: wash your hands often, keep your distance from people, avoid touching your face, and carry hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes
  • Keep these items on hand and use when out and about: a mask that covers your mouth and nose, tissues, which should be disposed of after use, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, which you can use whenever you use a surface including handrails and door handles.
  • If possible, avoid people who are not wearing face coverings. When someone wears a face-covering, they are protecting others around them more than themselves. It is insufficient for you to wear one if the other person isn’t.

Wash hands often
You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after coming into contact with anyone or anything. The virus can live on surfaces; therefore, be mindful when touching door handles, benches, or walls.

Starting to do things again can be frightening, especially for those with underlying health conditions. It could be that you are not ready to do so yet, or you may have even been advised not to. If this is the case, then consider these alternatives.

  • Online shopping.
  • Virtual meetings consider video calls using things like zoom.
  • Indoor exercises, you can find tutorials on youtube.

Keep yourself safe
Always seek advice from your healthcare provider if you are unsure about what is safe for you to do. It is important that you stay active, even if you can’t go out, this will help to keep you healthy. Consider what exercises you can do from your home, even if you need to remain sitting down. Eating healthily also supports your immune system, make sure you are still eating well.

Keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is not always easy. Everyone needs to put measures in place to keep people around them safe, and to avoid further lockdown measures.

If you are just beginning to resume some activities, start with things that are relatively safe, like meeting a family member in your garden.

Make sure you are prepared with things like face coverings, sanitizing wipes, and hand gel, these things could make all the difference.


by Harness Editor

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