Recent findings show that seniors could be more susceptible to the novel corona virus. But this only means that you need to follow health guidelines provided by experts a little more closely, and you will be easily protected from the epidemic.
1. Sanitize and Take Basic Precautions
Currently, there is no vaccine to cure this virus; but health practitioners are finding success with the use of various existing drugs on a case-by-case basis. However, basic precautions can certainly help you stay safe.
Follow the health care tips below:
⦁ Wash your hands and fingers with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Keep doing this at regular intervals.
⦁ If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (alcohol value above 60%). Note: ensure you buy the sanitizer from a proper medical store.
⦁ Throw used tissues in the trash.
⦁ Wash used hand napkins regularly.
⦁ Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces like table, desks, door handles, switches, countertops, phones, etc
⦁ Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing
⦁ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
⦁ Wear a mask when you are around other people (e.g., while sharing a room or while in a car)
2. Stay Indoors
Limit your out-of-home activity. If you have a history of illnesses - ensure you practice social distancing as much as possible. Avoid close contact with other people who are sick. Stay at least 1 meter (or 3 feet) away from people who're coughing or sneezing.
3. Monthly Medical Checkup Routine
Avoiding clinics and hospitals is best right now. If you are well, cancel or postpone your routine checkup schedule, or simply get in touch with the doctor on phone.
Of course, most clinics are keeping emergency visits available. However make sure you visit the clinic only if you need immediate attention for a situation like a severe back sprain, fracture, unbearable skin allergy, etc.
If possible, get a healthy family
member to pick up the medication for you, or order from a pharmacy that offers delivery. Today, many pharmacies are offering home delivery of medicines at multiple locations. Do get in touch with these stores. It will save you time and energy.
5. In case You Are Unwell or Infected
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or face difficulty in breathing consult a doctor immediately. You can even report the matter to the helpline number given by the government.
Currently, the Indian government has set up two helpline numbers — +91-11-23978046 and 1075 (toll-free) and an email id ([email protected]
). The Centre has also launched an official chatbot on WhatsApp - called MyGov Corona Helpdesk. Users just need to save the number — 9013151515 — in their contacts list and send a message to get a response.
While it’s important to take the necessary protective measures, ensure you also keep a close eye on what’s happening in your particular state and community. Do follow the directions of your local health authority. This will not only protect you but will also help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.