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What Seniors Need to Know about Coronavirus

The Coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, has been making headlines since it was reported from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019. While the coronavirus in general is not new, this particular strand of coronavirus is and has been causing chaos both within the medical community and throughout the rest of the world. While everyone is at risk, the senior population, in addition to those with preexisting conditions, is more likely of contracting the virus if exposed. While researchers and scientists are still studying this new virus, here’s what we do know.

How the Coronavirus Spreads

While scientists don’t know exactly how the virus spreads or how easily, we do know that infected humans can give the virus to other humans through infected droplets. For example, there’s a possibility that an infected person could put others in proximity at risk when coughing or sneezing. In addition, our hands can pick up many viruses by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching our eyes, nose, or mouth. From there, the virus can enter our bodies making us sick.

How to Protect Yourself from the Virus

While the virus is treatable, especially when detected early, it’s important to take adequate precautions, especially if you have a preexisting condition or if you are over the age of 65. Even if you don’t have travel plans or live in an uninfected place, here’s how you can keep yourself healthy and decrease your risk of contracting the disease.

  • Wash your hands– It’s always important to wash your hands with soap and water. However, because the coronavirus can be contracted through droplets, it’s especially important to maintain proper hygiene practices. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for no less than 30 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also adequate for in between washings.
  • Maintain social distancing- According to the World Health Organization, we should “maintain at least three feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.” Because we can contract the virus from anyone who is infected, it’s recommended to avoid large crowds, especially if you are part of an at-risk population or live in an infected area.
  • Seek medical care early- If you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home to protect others from getting sick. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, you should seek medical attention by calling your doctor and making an appointment. From there, your healthcare provider will follow protocol given from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky put our patients’ health first. That’s why we’re taking the appropriate precautions to keep our patients and their families healthy. If you’d like to hear more about our offerings or are interested in a tour of our facilities, please let contact us.