As someone with pre-existing medical condition. I know the dangers of contracting the Covid 19 virus. This is a deadly virus.
Covid 19 Why the danger to older people
As we age our body begins to slow down. We are now at risk for certain illnesses.
The Covid-19 virus has a devastating effect on persons 65 years and older, especially if they have pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or suffering from COPD.
The Covid-19 virus can affect multiple organs, making recovery very difficult for older persons.
In addition many are reporting that even after recovery they continue to experience new and strange symptoms.
So the obvious questions is what precaution should I take, to protect myself from this deadly virus?
Here are four known steps that you and I can take to reduce our risk of contracting or transmitting the virus.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
To reduce the spread of the Corona virus, you must get in the habit of washing your whenever you touch someone or an object. I know this can be irritating, but here are some facts you should consider.
How is Covid 19 Virus Spread?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the Corona-virus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes small droplets - packed with the virus - into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on. So the virus can be transmitted through your eyes, nose or mouth.
Wash Your hands Frequently
Therefore since droplets are not seen with the naked eyes, to kill the virus you must wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds as often as possible througtout the day.
Another important tool is use of an alcohol based hand sanitizer, let us discuss that next.
Use An Alcohol Based Hand Sanitizer
Although it is recommended that persons 65 years and older should stay home. There are times when it is very necessary to go out in the public. Many older folks live alone, and so may need to go to the bank or to a grocery store to get some basic supplies which may include sanitary items. If you fall in that category, do not leave your home without carrying a hand sanitizer and use it as a defense against Covid 19.
Taking Public transportation
Riding on the bus,or in a car can present some unique challenges. For one thing you will need to hold unto the seat handle when sitting down or when getting up from your seat. The seat handle could have the virus on it. So carry an alcohol based hand sanitizer with you at all times whenever you are in a public place and use it to keep your hands clean if you are not able to wash your hands.
Mail Pickup or Deliveries
These can carry the virus. The Corona virus is known to stay on some surfaces like cardboard for up to 24 hours.. So if you go to the mailbox or receive any delivery, you want to wipe the outside of these items first using a soft cloth or tissue tab with some hand sanitizer on it..
So the hand sanitizer will be a life saver.
What about wearing a face mask? Let us discuss that next.
Why Wearing a Face Mask Essential to fight The Corona Virus
Many people are willing to wash their hands and will use a hand sanitizer, but for some the wearing of a face mask presents a real challenge for some. They may have fears or phobia about it or lack of knowledge about how the virus spreads from person to person.
Do you know for how long the Covid-19 virus stays in the air?
This is what Harvard health says about that. "Aerosols: infectious viral particles that can float or drift around in the air. Aerosols are emitted by a person infected with coronavirus — even one with no symptoms — when they talk, breathe, cough, or sneeze. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the virus. Aerosolized coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours. A mask can help prevent that spread."
Just imagine that! the droplets can stay in the atmosphere for up to 3 hours. So you may be attending a function held in an enclosed room or in an auditorium, and someone who has the Covid 19 virus could be there but left before you come by.
You are now at very high risk of contracting the virus. Why? The droplets are now all over your face. They have just infected you, even though they are no longer at the location! This is very frightening to think about. Due to this fact, many governments worldwide are making it a criminal offense if you do not wear a face mask once you leave your home.
So basically your breathing in someone else's germ and not knowing it.
Harvard Medical School
- Coronavirus Resource Center - Harvard Health
The rapid spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to spark alarm worldwide. Countries around the world are grappling with surges in confirmed cases,…
Types of Face Mask
Face mask comes into two categories, store bought or homemade. If you are not allowed out or your home or residence you can buy online.
Reusable face masks are very easy to make. There are many videos on Youtube that will show you how to make face masks.
For best results, homemade face masks should have three layers. Please see the guide line found on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website..
See the link below.
Selecting the right Fabric for your Reusable face mask
- How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask | CDC
Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. Find out how to wear, clean, and make masks.
2 Ways to Build Up Your immune System to fight Covid 19
Deep Breathing Exercise
The Coronavirus is a lung disease. It causes pneumonia in both lungs. Air sacs in the lungs become filled with fluid. This prevents the lungs from taking in oxygen, and without oxygen in the lungs shortness of breath sets in, which in turn can lead to ARDS,a condition that many doctors say can be fatal.
Most medical practitioners say that strong breathing muscles help to keep the air sacs in the lungs open, and thus help to prevent pneumonia. So it is a good thing to know some deep breathing technique. You should speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about this.
Do vitamins help your immune system Fight the Covid 19 Virus?
Recent findings."Dietary supplements containing micronutrients and vitamins C and D are a safe, low-cost, and effective way of helping the immune system fight off COVID-19 other acute respiratory tract diseases according to a new report. The researchers note this is sometimes in amounts exceeding recommended levels."
For best recommended dosage please call your healthcare provider.
What The Coronavirus does to the lungs
- What Coronavirus Does to the Lungs | Johns Hopkins Medicine
COVID-19 can cause lung damage and breathing problems that can persist even after recovery. An expert in lung disease explains.
Deep Breathing Exercise
Building Up Your Immune System
- Vitamin supplements effective for fighting COVID-19
New findings have confirmed the efficacy of dietary vitamin supplements – including vitamin C and vitamin D – in helping the immune system fight off COVID-19.
Where or How to get Help on the Covid 19 Pandemic
For seniors living in the United States, the Center for Disease Control has a section on their website dedicated to older adults and has updated information on the prevention, testing, and the imminent risk for seniors with certain medical conditions that this pandemic poses.
If you live outside the United States, please check with your local government news bulletin website or news channel for the latest information on the Covid-19 virus.
You should do this daily because some countries are now seeing a second wave or surge in the virus.
Due to the high death rate among people 65 years and older some medical facilities are now offering tele-medicine. But what is tele-medicine and how does it work? Let's find out.
The Center For Disease Control
- Older Adults and COVID-19 | CDC
Older adults are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Take steps to protect older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keep your doctor's appointment using Telemedicine
Tele what? Tele-medicine is the use of smart electronic devices that have the ability to read a patient's vital signs and then send the information to the patient's doctor over a secure computerized communication network. This is practicing medicine remotely. There is no physical contact between the patient and the doctor. Everything is done through some form of electronic computerized device.
The beauty of tele-medicane or tele-health is that the patient does not go into the doctor's office, nor does the doctor come to the patient's home. Once the doctor or the medical facility gets the required vital signs from the patient via these smart computerized device, he or she will consult with patient using whatever communication method that will work for the patient,
Therefore he could call you over the telephone or consult with you using a meeting app. But remember he will not come to your home.
The doctor will give the patient or a caregiver instruction of how to use these devices if and when it becomes necessary.
I consider this a tremendous breakthrough in the delivery of patient care.
Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, people who are 65 and older are required to stay at home.
Many of us had serious health complications before the pandemic, such as diabetes, hypertension, or a heart patient.
It is well known that persons with these pre-existing conditions can go into diabetic coma, have a stroke, get a heart attack, or even develop kidney failure.
Therefore they must keep up with their doctor's appointment in order to monitor their condition and using the new medical technology does that, even if it is done remotely.
Call your health care provider for more information on this new way of keeping your doctor's appointment.
- What is Telemedicine? | Telemedicine System | Chiron Health
Telemedicine systems allow health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology.
Thank you for reading. I sincerely wish for you to be safe, as a senior adult myself, I know the fear and heartache that this virus has heaped upon mankind.
But with the right information and a willingness to follow sound advice you can prevent it.
So take courage.
Wearing a face mask
© 2020 Rosemarie Graham