While we never expected to have to write something like this, we feel it is crucial in this time to provide a resource for keeping you, your loved ones, and the elderly population safe.
As we are sure you’re aware, the COVID-19 (better known as the coronavirus) is a transmittable virus that works similarly to the flu. Unlike the flu, however, there is no vaccine to prevent the presence of this virus in your body. The best and only way to prevent it as of now is to avoid being exposed in general.
The coronavirus is mainly spread from person to person contact. Being within 6 feet of an infected individual puts you at risk, and if the infected person is sneezing or coughing near you, your likelihood of catching the virus increases even more.
Older adults, including the ones that utilize home care services, are the highest at-risk group along with individuals who already suffer from underlying conditions. Some of these conditions that put people into high risk include heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes.
Protecting Yourself From Coronavirus
To protect yourself, taking actions that include washing your hands often and avoiding close contact with those who are sick (and really people in general) is the best way to mitigate your own personal risk. If you are a healthy and younger individual, your likelihood of getting seriously ill is decreased, yet you may still be able to contract and spread the disease to others who are not so fortunate.
Protecting High-Risk Groups From The Coronavirus
While you may be fortunate enough to be in the lower end of risk when it comes to the coronavirus, neglecting simple sanitary and health-conscious steps can jeopardize the health and livelihood of others around you.
If you are sick, with any form of condition, STAY HOME. Unless you are leaving the house to seek medical attention from professionals, you are contributing to the overall negative impact by potentially exposing high-risk groups to the COVID-19.
If you have any sort of cough or sneeze (regardless if you are sick or not), cover them up. Do not cough or sneeze into your hands, but rather into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues away after completion, and immediately wash your hands with soap and water. If there is no soap and water nearby, utilize hand sanitizer until you can find a proper washing station.
If you are sick or think you might be sick, wearing a facemask when even remotely near someone is an effective way to help mitigate your potential spread to high-risk individuals. If you are not sick, however, you should save the facemasks for professional caregivers who need to reduce their risk of both catching and spreading the virus.
For anyone, not even those at risk or near potential exposure to the virus, it is still essential to clean and disinfect areas around you. This should be done on a daily basis on all surfaces that are frequently used.
Support From Absolutely In Homecare Services
No matter what situation you are going through, please be courteous of those around you, and help do your part in maintaining a healthy and happy world that used to be a no-brainer. The staff at Absolutely In Homecare Services wish all of you well, and if you need any assistance throughout these trialing times, be sure to contact us.