Coronavirus Risk and The Elderly
Each day, more cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are being reported. This particular virus spreads quickly. Unfortunately, the older population is more at risk of this respiratory illness because many have other underlying medical conditions and a lower immune system. If you are concerned about the health and well-being of your elderly loved one, here’s what you need to know.
What Are the Risk Factors of Coronavirus
Anyone at any age can contract the coronavirus. However, according to the CDC, one of the top risk factors of developing coronavirus is being over age 65 and those who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility. People who have the following conditions are also considered high risk:
- Chronic lung disease and asthma
- Heart conditions
- Compromised immune system (for example, someone who is undergoing cancer treatments)
- Renal failure
- Liver disease
Symptoms of Coronavirus
While some people may not have severe symptoms, some symptoms may not show up until 2 to 14 days after exposure. Here are some signs to look out for:
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble breathing
- Pressure or pain in the chest
- Bluish lips and face
Steps to Take
If your elderly loved one is in a nursing home, contact the staff to find out how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic within their facility. Asking the right questions can not only put you at ease, but it can also help you determine if the nursing home facility is taking the proper precautions to keep your elderly loved one safe. It’s essential to know the safety precautions that the caretakers and staff are taking to avoid the spread of COVID-19 within their nursing home facility.
How You Can Ensure Your Elderly Loved One Is Safe
Your elderly loved one deserves to receive the best care while they are living in a nursing home. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you won’t be permitted to visit, which makes it more challenging to check on their health and well-being. However, by keeping in contact with the nursing home staff and asking for updates can help you make sound decisions about their care.
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