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Coronavirus Prevention Tips for Seniors Age 60 and Over

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of the Coronavirus deaths involved adults over the age of 65. Seniors should not take Coronavirus lightly. There are a variety of tips and precautions that should be taken in order to stay safe from COVID-19. 

Understanding the Symptoms of Coronavirus 

Coronavirus comes from a family of viruses that cause illnesses. These illnesses range from common colds to more severe diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV). In order to stay safe from Coronavirus, it is best to know the symptoms. The sooner you spot the symptoms of COVID-19, the sooner you can receive treatment. 

Coronavirus symptoms can vary from mild symptoms to severe symptoms. The more common signs of Coronavirus involve respiratory symptoms, fever, shortness of breath, coughing, and breathing problems. In more severe cases, Coronavirus can cause severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, pneumonia, and death. The moment that you suspect you may have Coronavirus, you should contact your doctor immediately. 

Avoiding Germs 

Because there is no vaccine for Coronavirus, you should take extra precautions to avoid germs. If you absolutely must go into public, wear a mask and one glove. Wearing one glove is a much better method than wearing two as it lessens the spread of Coronavirus to your phone, credit card, and more. Use your bare hand to handle your personal items and use your gloved hands to touch objects that may have germs on them. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose if you have not washed your hands. 

Washing Your Hands & Social Distancing 

As a senior, you should wash your hands consistently throughout the day. When you wash your hands, make sure you do so for 20 seconds with soap. Make sure that you are scrubbing all areas of your hands. If you use hand sanitizer, make sure that it has at least 60% alcohol. 

During this time, many states have chosen for their citizens to shelter in place. This means that you should not leave your home unless you are making an important trip (ex: a doctor’s appointment, grocery shopping). If you go into the public, be sure that you are staying six feet away from other individuals. If you believe you have Coronavirus, quarantine yourself from others, and contact your doctor immediately. 

Senior Home Care 

You might find that senior communities and senior care facilities may be safer than your current home. These facilities maintain the utmost cleanliness and are on high alert of Coronavirus. You may not have planned on entering senior care or finding senior home care so soon, but this decision could prevent you from contracting Coronavirus. 

Finding Senior Home Care with A Better Solution In Home Care 

A Better Solution In Home Care has been assisting senior citizens and their families for over 18 years. If you are looking for services such as transportation services, housemaker services, companion care, personal care, or nursing care, our care managers would be more than happy to assist you. If you are interested in placement, our specialists will dedicate themselves to locating the perfect senior home care or senior care facility for you. During this time of stress and worries, A Better Solution In Home Care is here for you.