It’s hard to turn on the news or go online without hearing about the coronavirus. It is helpful to become educated on what the coronavirus is, including symptoms. But it is equally important to avoid panicking and misinterpreting information. Continue reading below to learn more about Covid-19 in Seniors.
What Is Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is not a new virus. But a new strain of the virus, which was not previously identified, is what causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 was first identified in Wuhan, China, and was linked to a live animal market. But the virus has spread to several other countries, including the United States.
Initially, cases in the U.S. were linked to travel to China. But it appears there is now community spread of the virus, which means some people are infected, and it is not always clear where or how they became infected.
What Are the Symptoms of Covid-19 in Seniors?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
Some of the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu. But there are a few differences. In addition to the symptoms above, the flu may also cause symptoms, including:
- Sore throat
- Stuff nose
- Muscle aches
How Is Covid-19 in Seniors Spread?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 appears to be spread from person to person. It is spread through breathing in respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze from someone infected. Also, it is possible to contract the virus by touching a surface that was contaminated with the virus. It is still not clear how long the COVID-19 may live on surfaces, but it is thought it may survive a week. Many people have no choice but to self-isolate at home.
Who Is Most at Risk of Severe Disease?
Information about the impact of the virus is still evolving. But according to the CDC, older adults are at an increased risk of complications from COVID-19, including respiratory failure. Additionally, people with underlying medical conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and diabetes, are also at an increased risk of severe disease.
Individuals that are older and also have the underlying medical condition may need to take additional precautions, such as avoiding non-essential air travel and staying away from crowds.
Dos and Don’ts to PreventCovid-19 in Seniors
There are several things you can do to decrease your risk of contracting the virus. Consider the following dos and don’ts:
- Wash your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles and countertops
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes as much as possible.
- Pay attention to travel advisories and avoid going to places outside the United States that are hard hit by the virus.
- Close contact with people that are sick.
- Go out if you are sick.
- Attend crowded events if you are at a high risk of complications from the virus
- Don’t panic. A common-sense approach to preventing the virus is your best bet.
Keep in mind: most people recover from the coronavirus, but it can be serious in vulnerable populations, which is why it is essential to take precautions, such as above.
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