You can’t turn on the news anymore without hearing updates about the coronavirus, or “COVID-19”, pandemic. Doctors have already discovered that those aged 65-and-above are at higher risk for catching COVID-19, which is certainly alarming for the millions of elderly persons living in the U.S. If you are currently caring for an aging in place elderly family member, taking safety precautions as their caregiver is now more important than ever before. Here are some tips for keeping both you and your loved one protected against the coronavirus.
Every day, healthcare professionals around the world are learning more about the epidemiology of COVID-19. And thanks to those efforts, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now list these coronavirus facts on their website:
- Elderly individuals, notably those with underlying conditions like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, are at higher risk.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly via person-to-person contact through respiratory droplets that are then inhaled into the mouth and nose of another individual.
- So far, the best way to protect oneself against coronavirus is by avoiding someone who has it.
- There is currently no approved vaccine for COVID-19.