The World Health Organization has declared that the world is facing a COVID-19 pandemic. Florida Gov. DeSantis is suspending official travel for all state employees for 30 days and is recommending large events be canceled in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Experts cannot yet predict how many people will be ultimately affected in the U.S., but they are urging Americans to take steps to contain the outbreak.
Some tips are applicable to every generation – such as regular hand washing – but there are specific precautions older adults should take to protect their health. Advocate Health Advisors, a Venice-based health and well-being advisory company, compiled 6 safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Avoid crowds: Cancel all non-essential doctor’s appointments, if it can wait, then it should. If you have an important appointment coming up, consider doing it in a video call or from your smartphone. Telehealth technology lets physicians consult with patients who may not be able to leave their homes.
• Avoid non-essential travel: Cancel non-essential plane travel and avoid public places where crowds may gather or poorly ventilated buildings where the risk of transmission is higher.
• Make a plan: Designate a family member or friend as an emergency contact whom you can call with concerns or requests for help. Keep in touch to update them on your condition and to curb boredom.
• Take everyday preventive actions: Do what you would do during flu season: Wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available. Continue to exercise and eat right, just as you would at any other time of the year.
• Stock up on supplies: Be sure you have enough groceries and toiletries. If possible, prepare meals and freeze them. Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra medications to have on hand.
• Watch for symptoms and warning signs: Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.